LBS alumni group offers free medical care to Lagos community
LBS alumni group offers free medical care to Lagos community. The Lagos Business School Alumni, AMP 26 (Class of 2014) team, on Saturday offered free medical services to residents of Oworonsoki town as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The Chairman, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the AMP 26, Mr. Dimeji Olona, explained that the initiative was aimed at supporting the health of the residents.
Olona said, “It is really beautiful how the people of Oworonsoki received us as they have not stopped trooping in to get medical attention. This medical outreach is our way of giving back to society. Today, we have come to Oworonsoki, which is a centralized, area to cater to the health of people who are above 40 years old. Even though we have seen people who are not up to 40 claiming that they are up to the age just so they would not be left out in this outreach.
“We have a free medical screening for all of the people who come here to present themselves to the officials. You’ll be registered. Your vitals would be taken and you go see the medical doctor for interpretation and consultation. Then, the pharmacists would attend to you and give you drugs to help manage and/or treat the condition. Those who have eye issues would see an optician who would have their eyes screened and also give them free glasses where needed.”
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The President of AMP 26, Lagos Business School Alumni, Funmi Omo, expressed hope that the program would continue to run every quarter of every year.
Omo said, “This is one of the CSR projects that we embark upon. We are scheduled to have four of these projects which are billed to run every quarter of the year. This is one of them. As part of our way of giving back to society, we are aiming at getting the very poor who may not be able to access medical facilities for fear of funds to get some kind of free medical service. For cases that we believe are beyond this, we then make recommendations on how they can get further medical support. We are also taking this as an opportunity to serve refreshments in terms of food, drinks, and fruit to also help these drugs work.
“We chose this particular local government (area), Oworonsoki, because from the survey we have done, there is a lack of medical care and this is a way by which we can supplement what the government has provided. We tax ourselves, get corporate organizations and other individual sponsors to support this vision, and supplement what we have put down. This has been on since 2015 and we hope it continues as the Lord gives us strength.”
A medical doctor, Dr. Andikan Umoh, who was part of the medical professionals invited to be part of the outreach, said the program would help the beneficiaries learn more about their health.
Umoh, “I realized that a lot of people do not know a lot of things about their health and it is scary. Some of them have their blood pressures up to 190/80 and when you tell them they are hypertensive, they don’t believe you. They are in denial. I am so grateful for this body to have come to help them out because it would have been disastrous if nothing of this nature had been done.
One of the beneficiaries, Vincent Obasi, 60, said, “It is only God who can reward and that God will bless these people for me. See all the things they have given to me for free. If I were to buy it, where would I have the money?”
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