Enugu – The Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation Incorporated, an NGO, on Sunday provided over 1,100 residents of Egede community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State with free medical treatment.
The free medical outreach covered blood pressure and sugar test, malaria laboratory test, eye check, free 200 eye glasses, medical consultation and advice, free drugs and other free medical consumables.
The event also featured donation of cash grants to 50 less privileged, disabled and aged people within the community and a free sumptuous meal for everybody that attended the outreach.
Speaking, the Founder of the organization, Dr Magdalene Agada, said the gesture was a way of giving back to the society as God in His infinite mercies had been gracious to her and her family.
Agada said the outreach was a big relief to the residents due to the high cost of medicare as well as the long medical strike embarked by medical professionals in the country.
“I am fulfilled as the organization is imparting on thousands of lives and the good people of Egede came out in their large numbers to embrace the gesture that will go a long way to strengthen their health and well-being.
“The organization will continue to holistically support communities and individuals in improving their health, nutritional dietary content and financially support the less privileged, disabled, aged among others,” she said.
Agada thanked leaders of Egede community, Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St Cyril Catholic Parish, Egede and its priest as well as medical volunteers of Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation for their support leading to the success of the medical outreach.
Mr Joseph Nwabueze, leader of Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St. Cyril Catholic Parish, Egede, thanked the organization for coming to deliver quality healthcare at the doorstep of Egede people “at no cost”.
“We do not have silver or gold to give in exchange; but as a society and Church, we will continue to pray for the continuous success of the organisation and its founder, Dr Agada,” Nwabueze, whose society helped in mobilising the people, said.
Dr Kingsley Okonta, the Head of the medical team, said that the predominant illnesses diagnosed among residents of Egede community included: diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria.
“These illnesses can be traced to food, sedentary life-style and environment. We have advised the residents to eat less starchy foods; move around and exercise often and get their houses well-netted and sleep under insecticide mosquito treated nets.
“We also made referrals for those with complicated eye challenges, which our medical team cannot solve instantly,” he said.
A beneficiary of the outreach, Mrs Edith Okeke, who was given an eye drop and a pair of eye glasses, appreciated the orgainsation for giving her what was beyond her reach financially.
“The eye drop and reading glasses I got free might be nothing less than about N30,000. I am happy and I pray God to continue to bless Open Hands Amazing Charitable Oraginisation,” Okeke said.
Another beneficiary, Pa Joel Onwuka, who received drugs for rheumatism, thanked the organization for the free drugs that would ensure his leg joint pains would be a thing of the past.
The Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation Incorporated partnered with Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St. Cyril Catholic Parish, Egede and Egede Medical Group to organise the free medical outreach.