Foundation offers free blood pressure test to 200 indigent women in Enugu
No fewer than 200 indigent women in Enugu State on Saturday benefited from medical outreach organised by Joy Onyesoh Foundation (JOF) in Ogui, Enugu North Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the women received free blood pressure and sugar level test by the foundation.
JOF is a non -profit organization, founded in 2017, borne out of passion for service to humanity.
JOF is also carrying out the medical outreach, in collaboration with Trinity Methodist Church, Enugu and a group, Soroptimist International (SI), Coal City Chapter.
Speaking at the event, the founder, JOF, Prof. Joy Onyesoh said the essence of the programme was to give free medical outreach to the poor women in Ogui area of the state and build health culture in them.
According to her, the test included blood sugar, blood pressure as well as counselling.
She said those whose blood level were not normal would be given routine drugs.
Onyesoh noted that in spite of various free health facilities provided by government in many communities and council areas, women still found it difficult to walk in and get checked.
“It is very unfortunate that most of them are not aware of these health centres.
“On this backdrop, we are giving them free medical care with qualified doctors and nurses and encouraging them to make good use of health care around them when they feel ill.
“So we are hoping they will have that culture of early detection of illness and can be treated.
“Yesterday, we engaged them in skill acquisition and today, we decided to look into their health,” Onyesoh said.
Onyesoh said they treated only women, because once they are cared for, the whole of their families and larger society were automatically taken care of.
“Women are caregivers in the family and when they are down with illness, the whole family is sick. So we are starting with them, so they can build that culture in their families.
“This is why 200 of them are being tested and treated today,” she said.
The Acting President, Soroptimist International, Mrs Boma Anikwe, said the medical outreach had offered them opportunity to give back to the society.
“As a volunteer group, we are here to partner with JOF, as a means to celebrate ‘World Humanitarian Day’, which was held in August 19.
“Our interest is on women and girl children, and we love what the foundation is doing,” she said.
Anikwe explained that a good number of people died for so many avoidable reasons that ought to have been averted.
She said, “I have a personal pain for this because I lost my brother to blood sugar level.
“We were treating him for malaria and before we could found out, he was already diabetic.
“This is why I am so passionate about the programme of this nature.
She encouraged women to use the opportunity to get themselves educated and live careful lives as well as avoid anything that could cut their lives short.
Reacting, the President, Women Fellowship, Methodist Church, Ogui, Evangelist Ann Ekweremadu, described the outreach as a welcome development.
According to her, it was ‘touching and heartwarming’ that in a time like this, when people are looking for gain, a foundation was doing otherwise.
“This is core message of Christ to help those in need and it is so amazing,” she said.
Ekweremadu commended Onyesoh for the programme, especially for the skill acquisition and financial empowerment held on Friday.
A beneficiary, Mrs Chidindu Edeh said the outreach was good as most women hitherto never had the opportunity of getting themselves tested and treated.
Edeh who hailed from Ebonyi, said she was being tested for sugar, and was glad it was normal. (NAN)