Women of Purpose Development Foundation, an NGO, on Wednesday provided a free medical outreach to 150 residents of Kukwaba community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the medical outreach covered status check, vitamin A supplement, de-worming, food demonstration, personal hygiene and counseling to women of reproductive age.
Mrs. Mabel Onwuemele, Founder of the NGO, told NAN that the medical outreach was aimed at bringing healthcare services closer to the people in the rural communities.
“The outreach is aimed at sensitising people of Kukwaba, especially the women, on post-natal care, infant and maternal mortality, and the need to always know their status and get treatment to ensure healthy living.
“It is also a health awareness exercise to sensitise the people on malaria prevention and personal hygiene, and to counsel them on the need to always go for test before treatment.
“A lot of women die during child birth; the infant and maternal rate in the country is too high which is worrisome.
“The state of healthcare facilities in rural areas gets worse everyday. Government should do more to assist the health sector and primary healthcare centres in the rural communities,” she said.
She also advised people to dispose their waste properly to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, and urged the environmental department to ensure regular evacuation of waste in the area.
Mrs. Lami Kureh, one of the beneficiaries, who thanked the foundation for bringing free health care services to the community, urged other organisations to emulate the gesture. (NAN)