By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
No fewer than 34 rural communities in three local government areas of Kwara State have benefited free health treatment by the Igbomina Mobile Clinic in the last one year.
The local government areas ae Irepodun, Ifelodun and Isin.
The programme is sponsored by the Igbomina Community, North America.
The latest beneficiaries are Alla and Odu-Ore in Isin Local Government Area of the state.
This was disclosed by the Project Secretary and Coordinator, Elder Olaitan Oyin Zubair during a chat with Pilot Health via social media yesterday.
According to him, the mobile clinic renders bimonthly health outreach to underserved communities with the aim of reaching 250 Igbomina communities in three local government areas the state.
“The programme is a first line medical service with tests and treatments of hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and malaria amongst other ailments. Undoubtedly these are common killer diseases in rural communities,” he explained.
Zubair stressed that the project is the first of its kind embarked upon by any group.
“The journey began on July 9th 2016 when it was formally launched by the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed. He lauded the project as first of its kind in Kwara State undertaken by a group or communities.”
He further said that the Foundation is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
The coordinator added: “The programme is quite desirable as it augments the health needs of the people. The accolades received from royal fathers and communities are testimonies to this assertion. In fact other ethnic groups are demanding for extension of the programme to their areas.
“Efforts are being made to ensure that the project is self- sustained within. This in essence is to make it community driven.”
The project implementation Committee consists of Mr Emmanuel Bamidele Adewuyi as Chairman; Oloriewe Abdulraheem Adedoyin, Deputy Chairman; Head of Medical Team, Dr M.O. Babalola, Head of Medical Team and Chief J. A. Ogundele as Head of Finance.
Others are Mrs Abigail Arowolo, Dr Ibrahim Ayanda, Mrs. Femi Olanrewaju, Comrade Martins Oni and Elder Olaitan Oyin-Zubair, Project Secretary and Coordinator.
Meanwhile, the Oniwo Of Odu-Ore, Oba Alh Abdulrauf Bolakale Oyerinde, has joined fellow royal fathers in Igbominaland to appreciate the sponsors of Igbomina Mobile Clinic Project.
He said the health project is the best to have happened in the land in recent years.
Oba Oyerinde made these remarks on Saturday in his palace while receiving the medical team and members of the Project Committee led by its chairman, Mr Emmanuel Bamidele Adewuyi.
He was full of praises for the sponsors, the mobilisers and medical volunteers for their high commitments towards execution of the health programme.