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Bringing Healthcare Closer to the People of Ibadan

The Aderonke Omo Dairo initiative, an offshoot of the Only in Nigeria NGO, was in Ibadan recently to carry out free health-related activities. The initiative, which has healthcare as one of its primary focus, intends to see the reduction of various health indicators like mortality rate and the improvement in the general well being of the Ibadan people.

The 14-day programme commenced with a Sexual Health Talk at IMG Grammar School Agodi where it was later reported that the former security guard constantly molested various female students sexually and was recently remanded at Agodi Correctional Facility. The Sexual Health talk was therefore tailored to further enlighten students on the various types of STDs, how STDs are contacted and possible prevention and cure of STD infection where available.

One on one sessions were also held with victims of sexual molestations in order to get them talking and kick start their healing process. The program at the school was concluded with the distribution of note pads and sanitary pads to the students.

Other schools visited during the programme were Command Secondary School Ojoo and Bashorun High School where the team had very high turnouts and good interactive sessions with the students.

Asides the sexual health talks held in various schools, the team also had medical outreaches at four different locations in the heart of Ibadan city starting from Oke Ofa, Elerometa.

Blood Pressure tests, Sugar tests, temperature, weight checks, and general body pains checks were all conducted while free drugs and consultations were given to the 2300 people attended to throughout the programme. Free condoms and sanitary pads were also distributed to the sexually active youths to further improve hygiene and also curb STD transmission.

Other areas visited during the medical outreach were Oremeji Agugu, Koloko, and Oje area in Ibadan.

In all, over 3,000 people benefitted directly from the initiative’s gesture while the indirect impact, especially to the young students who were motivated by the teams' visit, and the indigene who could not afford the cost of healthcare, can not be quantified.

The team was later received by HRH, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, who prayed for the expansion of its activities to the length and breadth of the City.

Other well-meaning indigenes of the State have also continued to commend the initiative’s activities and impact. The State’s Commissioner for Information and Mass Mobilization, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, pledged the State’s support whenever required while the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu sought the Initiative's collaboration in the areas of CPI training for its men during the team’s courtesy visit.

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