The Rotary International District 9141 has flagged off its 2020/21 Rotary Family Health Days which shall last for three days.
The club’s District 9141 comprises Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers States.
The programme, which was kicked-off on Thursday, 26th November, 2020 at the Churchill Health Centre, in the Port Harcourt Old Township, by the District Governor, Virginia Major, will have medical outreach to communities as the key point in the programme that targets the elderly and the less-privileged. And for greater spread, Rotary District 9141 is holding the event that had already attracted hundreds of beneficiaries on the first day, across five government-owned health centres within the Port Harcourt Metropolis.
The Rotary Family Health Days is part of annual humanitarian services rendered by the prestigious organisation to help nations across the globe to fight off diseases.
DG Major, who was at the Churchill Health Centre for the flag-off, told journalists that the programme was part of Rotary’s activity in the year to boost the health status of Nigerian families, but with emphasis on the elderly and less-privileged.
According to her, Rotary District 9141 was determined to bear the health burden of the most vulnerable in the society, saying that collaboration with government was key if health targets would be achieved. She explained that such motive was driving the health outreach as Rotary was collaborating with government-owned health facilities in the state for maximum delivery.
Services which were provided on the opening day of the 3-day event included COVID-19 awareness & sensitization activities, dental care, HIV testing & counseling, eye cataract tests & treatment, hepatitis B&C, sanitary towels for girls.
The medical outreach also provided family counseling & condom supply, diabetes and glucose level screening, hypertension screening, polio immunization, and cervical/breast/prostrate cancer screening. Others were Vitamin A & B administration, de-worming for children, malaria screening and treatment as well distribution of insecticide treated net distribution.
An elderly beneficiary, Ma Gladys Otobo, commended Rotary for their humanitarian services which she said had come as relief to the less-privileged. “It is indeed a good program because it has helped the less privileged to have easy access to medical treatment.” The sexagenarian, who told our Correspondent that she became aware of the outreach through the broadcast media, said Rotary had done for them what he government could not due. “I thank them (Rotary District 9141) for doing for us what the government was unable to do for us.”
Another beneficiary, Mr. Amadi Chinda, who received insecticide treated net and drugs, after a free medical consultation, said Rotary had offered families an opportunity to receive medical attention.
The father of five commended the international humanitarian organisation which prides itself as “a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers, who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves, for the free medical programme”, which he said came at the most needed time. “It was a timely opportunity for my family for which we are most grateful”.
Speaking with our correspondent at the Churchill Health Centre, Borokiri in Port Harcourt, Steady Idisi, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan, said the aim of the event is to provide medical support, screening and checks for the less-privileged in order to reduce some of the issues they have so as to keep them healthy.”
This year’s Rotary Family Health Days in Rivers State is taking place at the Churchill Health Centre; Ozuoba Health Centre; Rumueme Health Centre; and the Rumuodomaya Health Centre, all in the Port Harcourt Metropolis.
Aside Port Harcourt, Rotary District 9141 said it had plans to organise such medical outreach in rural communities in its catchment states in its next phase of the programme.