No fewer than 104 Lagos residents on Sunday got free medical check-up, organised by the International Lions Club, Leo District 404B1, Alimosho, Lagos State.
Mr Quadri Tijani, the District President of Leo District 404B1, said at the event that the group had been reaching out to the less privileged in diverse ways over the years.
He said that the medical outreach was organised to enable those who could not afford huge medical examination bills in hospitals to know their health status.
Tijani said that the group collaborated with the Lagos State Blood Tranfusion Service (LSBT) to carry out blood donation at the event.
“This is the first medical outreach we never did in the hospital premises; we usually go to the hospitals to donate blood, but decided to have a broad medical outreach this time.
“Other medical tests were handled by the Leo medical team, which includes certified nurses and medical doctors.
“I am so happy with the huge turnout and the willingness in people to donate, although many were advised not to donate blood at all, ” he said.
News men reports that the various medical exercises include body mass index, blood pressure, random blood sugar, malaria parasite test, awareness and campaign on cancer.
Others are general medical consultation, sensitisation on tuberculosis, blood donation for the certified persons and medical counselling.
No fewer than 27 individuals donated a pint of blood each after being certified by the medical team.
Miss Esther Onanuga, a beneficiary of the blood donation, said the medical check-up was a good way of giving back to the society, and called for more of the exercise.
“I am happy that we can still have organisations that give selflessly to the society; this is highly welcome and I want more of it to be done,” she said.
Mr Adeleye Adeyemi, who donated blood on the occasion, expressed satisfaction at being certified fit to donate blood at the event.
“I am extremely glad that I was certified to donate because I had wanted to donate for a long time, at least to save a life; I really appreciate the organisers of this programme,” he said.
Another beneficiary, Mr Adeyinka Adebayo, urged some other organisations to reach out to more Nigerians in medical outreach, to help them keep healthy.
“I know a lot of beneficiaries like me will be happy today, to have known about their health status, habits to indulge in and things to avoid.
“So, organisations should invest in free medical outreach like this, to help others,” he said.
Written by Idris Olukoya