The Rotary Club of Gwarimpa, Abuja, on Sunday organised a sensitization workshop on Ebiola Virus Disease and free antenatal clinic for pregnant women at the Gwarimpa Primary School.
The workshop and clinic was attended by an impressive number of pregnant women and nursing mothers who lived around the Gwarimpa community.
The Chartered President of the club, Mrs Ama Umoren, said the aim of the programme was to bring medical services to the door step of indigent people within the community.
“We decided to take the medical services to the indigent poor in the Gwarimpa community because we discovered that a lot of them do not go to the hospital when they are ill.
“In as much as they here of different sicknesses and even the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus they still do not go to the hospital for treatment.
“Some of them do not go to hospital because of fear of what the hospitals will find out from their system and some because of finances.
“But with this clinic at their door step we are sure they will get medical attention,’ she said.
Dr Ejike Oji, the Chairman, Guild of Medical Directors, Abuja Chapter, commended the organisation on their efforts to sensitise their community, adding that no amount of sensitisation was enough.
“It is a very good programme and I am one of the people who feel that the most important thing we can do in our country right now is to put in a lot of preventive measures in terms of healthcare.
“Screening to make sure that people know the status of their health and get a lot of health information is important.
“With this various test for the pregnant women, if there are things that might kill her during parturition, they should be able to be picked up now.’’
On Ebola virus, he said: “As a member of the technical team in FCT against the Ebola virus, we are trying to develop a system which every clinic must have so that they will know how to treat patients suspected to have Ebola.
“You cannot sensitise the people enough on the issue of Ebola and the only cure for now is the information and the preventive exercises.
“We must make sure people know that the greatest thing to do is to increase the level of personal hygiene and that hospitals should increase their level of infectious control measures,’’ Oji said.
A participant, Mrs Mercy Ige thanked the club for organising the clinic and for the materials they offered to the pregnant women.
Ige also urged other organisations to emulate the gesture.
“I had about this programme yesterday when it was announced at the Gwarimpa village and I decided to come and see for myself what they had to offer.
“I am happy with what I saw and impressed for the opportunity they are giving to the poor in our community, and I enjoin other organisations to do same in order to help the people.
“It is not everybody that can afford to go to the hospital and if you go to the hospitals most times they usually waste your time with their various procedures.
“This check was done in less than no time, I now know my health status and I was provided with malaria drugs, mosquito net and birthing kit,’’ Ige said.
Another participant, Mrs Rebecca Jude, who is a petty trader, also expressed pleasure at the opportunity to know her status at no cost without going to the hospital and the talk on Ebola
Other beneficiaries also commended the club, urging the government and other stakeholders to give maximum support to organisations like Rotary who try to meet the needs of the poor