By Emeka Akoma, Umuahia
Three hundred persons have benefitted from the Rotary Club of Umuahia North, District 9142 rollback malaria project in Umuagu autonomous community, Umuahia North L.G.A, of Abia State.
Some of the beneficiaries of the medical rhapsody, are Mrs Uzoechi Mercy, 93; Mr. Friday Samuel, 89; Mr. Simon Ezeh, 92; Echereobia Eleforo, 88; Mrs Ihenjiwuanya, 95 and Prof. China Ezeoma, 89 years in their separate speeches commended the club for the exercise and urged other organizations to emulate Rotary Club, as people living in the rural communities are in dire need of such outreach.
“This medicine will cure my ailment. After taking these drugs, I will go to the house of God to testify God’s healing power. God will continue to bless Rotary Club,” the 93-year-old Mrs Uzoechi Mercy said.
Speaking during the exercise, Rtn. Mathew Nwachukwu, the Pathfinder President of the Club said the outreach is one of the humanitarian services that the club is carrying out in pursuit of its disease prevention and treatment programme, which is among the seven areas of focus of Rotary International.
Also, delivering a lecture the Chairman Medical outreach, Rotarian Geraldine urged Umuagu villagers to always ensure a clean environment in order to be rid of mosquitoes.
Onuora who equally warned against self-medication, adding that the youth and elderly would benefit from the medical rhapsody but the outreach was specifically targeted at the pregnant and nursing mothers.
Similarly, in his remarks, when the club paid a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of Umuagu autonomous Community, Engr. Amaghereonu Ezeoma, his representative and former President General of the community, High Chief Solomon Iroagba lauded the club for the medical outreach, adding that Rotary Club is known for service to humanity.
The Rotarians and other health volunteers conducted a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for the detection of malaria, and those who tested positive to malaria were immediately treated and given the mosquito nets. The club also carried out Blood Pressure, BP check on the villagers.