1,500 Ilorin residents get free medical outreach

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No fewer than 1,500 residents of Ajikobi Ward of Ilorin West local government area and Centre Igboro of Balogun Fulani Ward of Ilorin South local government area of Kwara state, respectively, have benefited from free medical services provided by a philanthropist.

The medical mission, organised by Barrister Mohammed Adelodun Ajikobi Medical Outreach, was designed to offer free treatment to people with different ailments.

A medical team comprising doctors, pharmacists, and nurses attended to the people of the area at a two-day outreach for screening, prescription, and dispensary of free drugs to patients, most of whom could not afford prescribed drugs.

Speaking to journalists, the medical team leader, Dr Monsur Babaita, said people were screened for blood pressure, sugar, and malaria, while those battling with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, malaria, respiratory tract infections, urogenital infections, skin infections, and musculoskeletal pain were treated with free drugs provided for them.

Babaita noted that the two-day medical outreach at the instance of an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Mohammed Adelodun Ajikobi, was the sixth edition and bankrolled to provide succour to deserving and poor people in Ajikobi and Centre Igboro of Ilorin metropolis.

The medical expert, who lamented the rate at which people grapple with ailments, called for medical support for them in their trying period.

On the rationale behind the outreach, the convener, Barrister Mohammed Adelodun Ajikobi, described it as a medical palliative to assist the poor and less privileged in society who are unable to access medical services.

“It is an opportunity for people to have access to affordable medical services. It is a sole sponsorship. However, I have been enjoying support from my family and friends, who are providing financial, physical, and moral support to achieve the desired objective of assisting our people.

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“I decided to embark on this medical outreach to assist people, especially the less privileged, who do not have access to medical healthcare due to financial constraints.

“The doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are volunteers. They are also supporting us to assist our people, he said.

Adelodun disclosed that drugs worth millions of naira were distributed to the people, while those with critical conditions were referred to the teaching hospital to subsidise their medical bills.

“This is the fifth edition of the medical outreach. We started it before COVID-19 to alleviate the suffering of our people, and it has been successful so far. Many people have benefited from it annually, and it will be a continuous exercise, God-willing.”

Some of the beneficiaries of the medical outreach commended the convener for such an initiative, which they said helped them access healthcare as the majority of them are financially constrained to visit hospitals.

They called on privileged individuals and notable sons and daughters of the communities to emulate the convener in bringing succour to the less privileged.

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