The Society of the Holy Child Jesus, African province in conjunction with Cornelian Jubilee Hospital Jikwoyi , have extended missionary hand to the residents of Jikwoyi and its environs as they offered free medical services to the community.
Men, women, youth and children of all ages came out in their mass to take advantage of the free medical services ranging from dental services, free HIV counselling & testing, distribution of worm expeller, general health education, free eye test, blood pressure and weight check, hepatitis and malaria treatment.
The Administrator of Conelia Jubilee Hospital, Rev. Sister Rose Okolie told TheFact Nigeria at the event that they saw the plight of the people who could not afford medical treatment, and were treated.
“If you look around, you can see for yourself the kind of people who are here today that can not afford medical treatment and nobody is doing anything about it, no government to help them.
“We went around calling on the well-meaning Nigerians, who responded to our call by supporting us with financial help. Some individuals donated materials such as drugs to us to treat the community.
“Also an individual outside the country sent money to buy drugs and some big pharmaceutical companies donated drugs to help the people,” she said.
She informed that the team of medical doctors from the Conelia Jubilee Hospital, Jikwoyi who came to assist in the exercise have never collected a dime from any participants.
According to her, “this medical outreach would have been done before now but there was delay due to unavailability of the Community Head who traveled out and they had to wait for him because there was a need for him to sensitise his people before they could embark on rendering medical services to his people”.
When asked on how the community welcomed and received the huge gesture, she said, “the community received us with joy. Some don’t even believe in what they called Covid-19 but we sensitised them on the need to take responsibility and provide soap and water for them to wash their hands”.
As part of precautionary measure to stop the spread of covid-19 among the recipients, the medical team provided nose mask for every individual at the event and were cautioned to maintain social distancing.
Mr. Augustine, one of the benefactor of the medical outreach expressed satisfaction in the exercise.
“I thank who ever organised this free medical services to our people. I also thank God Almighty for keeping me alive to witness this kind of exercise for the first time.
“May God Almighty bless those who brought us this medical service,” he said.
He however, challenged the government to come down to the people so as to help the less privileged as not everyone can afford to buy drugs or treat his or herself.