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As part of efforts to complement the federal government on community health care interventions, Zed-Faith Foundation International on Thursday offered free medical screening in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The medical interventions were carried out in the Abuja City Council (AMAC) Kabusa Community by the Zed-Faith Foundation, in partnership with the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
The free medical services were offered in the areas of health checkup and screening, medication and medical advice, laboratory tests, health talks, hypertension and diabetes screening, to the residents of the community, including women and children.
The group also donated materials such as clothes, shoes, among others, to the people of the Kabusa community.
The Country Director, ZFI, Mr. Chinnaya Innocent, said the free medical services were part of the Foundation’s social responsibility program and a way to complement the efforts of the Federal Government.
He said the gesture, which is being carried out by the organization, is aimed at helping the poor and needy at the grassroots, adding that the Foundation will expand this humanitarian intervention to other parts of Abuja.
He said, “We are here today to provide free medical service to Kabusa village and this will continue in different villages. We are not sponsored by government, state government or local government. It is 90% sponsored by the CEO, the founder of this Zed Faith Foundation – Daniel Onyeka Newman and other contributions from his friends and associates.
“Well, as long as I’m concerned it’s been a passion to help humanity. He’s been doing it since he started high school and over time the passion just keeps expanding to reach en especially the poor, the children, the elderly and women in need, so that is why we are here today to help this village because we believe that the presence of the government is not always there.
“So it’s taken upon us to take the risk of sacrificing ourselves to be there to look after them to check their BPs, blood sugars and they have freewill donations of clothes and shoes to give them.”
Similarly, Red Cross Health Coordinator, FCT, Anthony Akpan Okoro said, “We tell them how to protect themselves from malaria. We are also in partnership with primary health care and I am sure that primary health care sometimes redistributes mosquito nets to communities.
“So from their nets, putting nets in the environment, cleaning their bushes, standing water, making sure the environments are clean. These are ways to make sure that you stay away from malaria, you avoid any problem that could bring the disease to the environment. Thus, health promotion is the purpose and essence of our coming here.
Welcoming the Foundation’s gesture, Kabusa community leader Samuel Kpowu called on the federal government to urgently ensure that communities are major targets for medical interventions.
“These people who came with this health mission, I really appreciate them. I’m very grateful because we can’t get our hands on the government hospital now. Their health care does not reach the masses as NGOs normally do, especially the one that came to us.
“My appeal to the federal government or the state government or the local government in regards to things like this, they should go back and do what they were doing before. If possible, they should go back to basics,” Chief Kpowu said.