By Mumini AbdulKareem
For the health sector to have the desired impact the citizenry in the state, it is necessary for Muslim bodies and other Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to collaborate and complement the efforts being put in place by government.
This was the position of the Kwara State chapter of Al-Muminaat Organisation (The Believing Women) during a hospital visitation programme to mark the celebration of its week held at General Hospital, Ilorin on Tuesday.
According to the coordinator of the programme, Hajia Akoshile Daramola, religious organisations and other corporate bodies in the state should synergise to assist the needy and downtrodden in the society especially during this period of economic recession.
She added that all hands must be on deck to support the less privileged and re-establish God consciousness in the society to serve as foundation for the eradication of societal vices and moral decadence.
Daramola who said the organisation does not discriminate on its mandate and distribution of items along religious, ethnic and tribal lines, lamented lack of funds which has limited its activities and called on well meaning individuals in the society to partner with it to positively impact the society.
“The hospital visitation is one of the programmes to mark the celebration of our week which is a yearly event. We donate to the needy, less privileged and downtrodden in the society to identify with them and help in bringing succour in our own little way to their plight.
“We also visit prisons yard and motherless babies home to replicate similar gesture which will form part of our Health Day next week”, she added.
In his brief remarks, the Hospital Secretary and Head of Administration, General Hospital Ilorin, Mr Soliu Muhammed thanked Al-Muminaat for the gesture and called on other NGOs to emulate it.
“We are really commend Al-Muminaat organisation, an NGO for their efforts to complement the state government on matters of health delivery and also contribute their quota to the wellbeing and development of the society and its citizens.
“I call on other NGOs throughout the country to emulate Al-Muminaat. By this, they have demonstrated in their own little way the readiness to walk the talk and bring succour to the downtrodden in the society if they have the means”, he added.
Items distributed during the programme include toiletries, detergents, bed sheets and liquid soaps among others.