Hope In The Form Of Health24

Most people usually stay home in their beds on a cool Saturday morning, taking a break from the stress they had endured throughout the week. The streets are usually quiet and empty except for those going for a morning walk, jog or run along the road side. The Saturday on July 15, 2017 was different, at least in a community on the lekki-epe express way axis. Ikota residents were happy and hopeful that a chance had finally come for them to receive free medical services because “He who has Health has Hope and he who has hope has EVERYTHING” The gates at Bethesda School Ikota were already greeted by a mass of children, teenagers, mothers with infants on their backs and fathers as early as 7:00 in the morning as they waited for Volunteers, Nurses and Doctors to arrive at the venue. Health24 a community development program initiated by Bethesda as a way to extend medical support to families in rural communities. This year the program took place at Ikota with support from the Dome Training Institute (DTI). The program began at 9am and the gates were opened for participants to enter and be seated in an orderly manner. Children above the age of 2 were all de-wormed for free before proceeding for medical check-ups. Adults met with the nurses for free HIV screening, blood pressure check and blood sugar level check before being sent to the doctors with their results for free medical consultation. Drugs were prescribed by volunteer doctors and handed out at a temporary pharmacy set up at the school. Free insecticide-treated nets were given out to 100 nursing mothers and families, as a preventive measure against mosquito bites, the primary cause of malaria parasite. The program was a success with over 400 children and 100 adults receiving free medical care. Click Here for Health24 Pictures
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