The Alake and Paramount leader of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, provided free medical services to residents and natives of the Iwokun Nla community in Ewekoro Local Government Area in Ogun State.
The outreach, organized by Alake Adedotun Gbadebo Health Initiative and an NGO, Wellness Africa Foundation (WAF), is part of the activities to commemorate Alake’s 17th Coronation Ceremony to be held from Thursday to Saturday, November 19, 2022.
Outreach covered tests such as blood pressure, sugar level, diabetes, eyes, hepatitis B screening, hepatitis C screening among others, while those in need received medications.
Speaking on the spot, Alake said members of the community must stay healthy in order to contribute to the growth of the state and the country as a whole, adding that it is on this promise that medical awareness has been organised.
He said: “My message to people is that their medical fitness is very important. You can’t think you’re healthy when you might not be in good shape. So they have to take care of their health to ensure that they stay healthy all the time.
“Fourteen years ago, I came here to retrace my grandfather’s footsteps and felt that a village on the banks of the Ogun River had a lot of potential. That’s why I decided to support them and I will continue to support them.
Furthermore, WAF Director, Dr. Omotola Akinmolayan commended the efforts of the state government to rejuvenate the various primary healthcare facilities in the state.
Akinmolayan called on the state government to intensify efforts to improve primary health care centers in all 20 local governments in the state as well as strive to make primary health care services accessible and affordable for the people at the base.
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“We want the state government to continue doing the good job it is doing on health. We know this is the most important thing in the mind of the state and we want them to continue doing what they are doing and even more so that everyone in Ogun State benefits from optimal health services.
“Here, currently, we have an average of 300 people who benefit from this awareness. We thank God for primary health facilities in Ogun State. The government is trying and we really appreciate it,” she said at the event.
Opeyemi Hannah, one of the beneficiaries, said, “I am here for a checkup for an eye problem and I was treated properly and even given free medicine. I want to thank and appreciate Alake because going to the hospital for a test and getting these drugs would be expensive and I don’t have that much money.