2013 WDD EVENTS: FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH CONDUCTED AT THE IDI IROKO COMMUNITY OGUN STATE

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The Outreach was collaboration between three Non Governmental Organisations namely: The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (The NGDOC), Heal the World Foundation Nigeria and Curb Cancer Nigeria. It was conducted at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.

Idi Iroko is a small Community in the outskirt of Ogun State, Yewa South Local Government Area. It forms a border between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Immigration are on both sides of the border to check people passing through the place in order to curb illegal trades. It is about 3 hours drive from Sagamu. The prevailing occupation is trading.

Adequate awareness was conducted in the community about the outreach days before, this reflected in the huge number of people that turned out for the outreach.

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A team of volunteers from the 3 organizations arrived at the venue at about 10 am in a bus after a journey which lasted about three hours. A total of about 1500 people were already at the venue awaiting the medical team.

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Questionnaires were administered to the people to find out about their knowledge, awareness and attitude to Diabetes and risk assessment. A brief health talk was delivered by one of the medical personnel.

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Each participant went through the vital signs stations before they saw the doctors and then screening for diabetes and counselling was carried out.

The outreach lasted for over five hours .The medical outreach eventually ended at about 4pm and the medical team left.

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OBSERVATION:

  1. The turn out of the people for the free medical outreach was impressing. This shows their responsiveness to Orthodox medicine
  2.   Majority of the people that turned out for the outreach were elderly people above 50 years of age
  3. The people were eager to learn more about their health. This was displayed by their attentive attitude during the brief health talk

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Dammy Opawale

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