Over 150 Anambra Residents Benefit From Rotary Int’l Free Medical Service

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

No fewer than 150 Anambra residents have benefited from a free medical outreach programme organised by Rotary International, District 91492.

Dr Chukwunonso Epundu, Anambra State Chairman of the Family Health week and Assistant Governor Zone 9, urged the public to avail themselves of the opportunity to receive free Medicare.

Epundu said this in Awka while addressing the beneficiaries at the weekend at Umudioka Primary Health Centre, Awka South Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the free medical service being done in commemoration of the 2019 Rotary Family Health Days, would hold between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

The zonal assistant governor said that it was a global annual tradition of the club to hold family health days within its area of focus.

“The family health days are part of the efforts of members of the club to improve on their area of focus,” he said.

He said that the exercise was going on simultaneously in Onitsha, Ozubulu and Nnewi, adding that the club would continue to provide free health care services to people as its cardinal service to humanity.

Also speaking, Prof. Frank-Collins Okafor, Assistant Governor, Zone 7, urged the people to take advantage of the offer to attend to their health needs.

Okafor, also a Lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, said the club was committed to making meaningful impact on people and community.

Mrs Ngozi Nworji-Ekeh, Anambra Coordinator of the programme, said that Rotary club was committed to touching the lives of the people in the areas of health, sanitation, water, education and conflict resolution.

Mrs Helen Onwudiwe, a Staff Nurse at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku Awka, counseled women on the need to enjoy the free medicare to screen for cervical cancer.

Onwudiwe said that cervical cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix which is lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina and described it as a killer disease among women which can be prevented.

She urged women between ages of 25 and 65 to regularly screen for the disease as if detected on time would be handled.

“The screening test cost lots of money to do by professionals but today rotary is doing it free of charge. It is my own contribution for service to humanity as a Rotarian and I call on women to come out before the closure of the event on Nov. 2,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Mr Kenneth Aniemena, a Community Leader, commended the club for the initiative, describing it as a welcome development.

Mrs. Ngozi Chiadikobi, one of the beneficiaries of the medicare, commended rotary for its service to humanity and urged it to continue in that line.

The exercise featured health talks, counseling, distribution of mosquito nets, insecticides and sanitary pads.

Other services were tests for malaria, HIV, cervical and breast cancer, blood pressure and blood sugar.

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