By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Ex-Corper and Occupational therapist, Dolapo Adewole, has organised free medical checkup for 300 senior citizens residing in Mushin local government area of Lagos.
The programme which was organised in collaboration with the Federal School of Occupational Therapy,Oshodi, took place at Odi-Olowo LCDA secretariat.
According to Adewole, the programme was her initiative to give back to the society and to ensure healthy population that is necessary for economic growth and national development.
“I was here in Nigeria few years back to participate in the compulsory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) which I did at Federal School of Occupational Therapy, Oshodi,Lagos, during my stay here in Nigeria for that one year, my eyes were opened to mirade of challenges confronting the nation particularly in the health centre.
“I made up my mind that I will find a way to contribute in my own little way to health challenges in my country even as a UK trained occupational therapist, this is my motivation for this programme”, said Adewole.
She added, “The essence of the free medical check -up for the elderly people to know the state of their health and when we discover anything that demand immediate attention we would recommend them for further treatment. They need to know their health status so as to take good care of themselves.
“We started this last year,this is the second edition, but we intend to do it more frequently subsequently”, said Adewole.
It could be recalled that in 2017, Adewole donated 1400 books to the same School of Occupational Therapy where she had her NYSC as part of her contribution to the education in her father land.
Meanwhile, the Acting Principal, School of Occupational Therapy, Mr. Akinwole Adeoso said that the programme was a collaboration between Adewole and the school to give back to the society.
“We are checking their blood pressure, feeling their pulses, checking their sugar level and so on, our training is about rehabilitation, if we find any health situation in the course of the check -up, we will make referrer for treatment.
“We intend to increase the number of the beneficiaries subsequently, the last one was done at in another community, we are thinking of going to Ikeja as well as other communities. The community is the palce where the people live, even when they go to the hospital, they will still come back to the community, they will not live in the hospital, that is why we have come to meet them in the Local Government here” , said Adeoso.
In his comment, the Supervisor For Health, Odi-Olowo LCDA, Mr Bola Obale ,commended the team for choosing the LCDA for such initiative and promised continued support of the local council for such laudable programme and partnership.
One of the beneficiaries of the programme, Mrs Bolaji Olakunle, thanked the organizers for the initiative, describing it as a ‘welcome development’.
Olakunle added, “This is a laudable programme that should be commended, if they can be doing this for us periodically,it will help us to know our state of health and know what drug or treatment to take on time.”
Another beneficiary, Mrs Adedoja Abidemi, also said that the initiative was a commendable one because many people had passed on suddenly for lack of medical check up that could have helped them to prevent certain medical challenges.