EGOR, EDO STATE, NIGERIA
Free medical outreach in Egor Community, Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria was successfully hosted by Emmanuel Osemota Foundation. This event took place on the 16th of January 2021 from 9am – 5pm at the Egor Community Primary School.
It was a memorable event seeing the joy put on the faces of the community residents being provided with free medical services. We will take a brief look at the rundown of all the activities leading to the event and the activities during the event.
The Emmanuel Osemota Foundation Logistics team visited the leaders of the community particularly the head of the community (The Enogie) seeking permission to organize a free medical outreach. The response from the leaders of the community was very positive as they have never gotten such an offer prior to this visit, it is the first in the history of this community. After deliberations with the community heads, a convenient date was picked and the venue also.
The logistics team returned after a week with a letter addressed to the community head officially inviting the community to the outreach scheduled for the 16th of January, 2021. The team also shared fliers in the community as well as utilizing word of mouth to the locals in the community.
The village heads were called for a meeting which they were also directed to inform their surrounding families and neighbors of the free medical outreach organized by the Emmanuel Osemota Foundation.
The logistics team received the medical equipment from the Foundation and ensured they were all in good condition before the medical outreach. The team also made arrangements for tents, chairs, and tables at the primary school to shield our guests and ensure proper organization.
The team arrived early enough to set up for the free medical outreach.
Immediately setup was complete, the residents started coming in their numbers. The Foundation setup a beautiful workflow for all volunteers to handle the medical outreach in a very professional manner.
Registration of all guests carried out by Mr. Joseph Origho. All guests were given numbers to ensure proper organization.
Vital signs were taken by the nurses present in the medical outreach. from L-R, Nurse Chisom Okeke, and Nurse Eghosa Nene.
The Medical Lab Scientists carried out Malaria, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV tests. from L-R Scientist. Arerosoghene Victory and Scientist. Goodluck Osemwenkhae
Eye check was carried out here and reading glasses were given for free to those who needed them. Dr. Uyi Obasohan handled the station.
Proper dental checkups were carried out in this station as well as scaling and polishing. Dr. Chinedu handled the dental station.
MEDICAL DOCTORS STATION
Free consultations were carried out by the medical doctors present and prescriptions were given appropriately. from L-R Dr. Ovie Oruah-Ureki, Dr. Karo Onoriose, and Dr. Mrs. Peace Aravie.
Prescriptions were accessed and Drugs dispensed appropriately. Pharm. Favour Nosakhare and Pharm Dr. Ochuko Onovae handled this station.
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES
Number of patients screened/tested
A total of 166 patients participated in the free medical outreach and were all attended to.
This comprises 77 males and 89 females.
Males: < 20yrs = 16; (20-39) yrs. = 10; (40-59)yrs. = 14; > 60yrs = 37
Females: < 20yrs = 16; (20-39) yrs = 23; (40-59)yrs. = 30; > 60yrs = 20
The following conditions were diagnosed:
» Malaria: 47 patients
» Hypertension: 35 patients
» Diabetes: 6 patients
» Refractive error/Presbyopia: 5 patients
» Conjunctivitis: 7 patients
» Cataract: 4 patients
» Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: 11 patient
» Urinary Tract Infection: 5 Patients
» Peptic Ulcer Disease: 10 Patients
» Osteoarthritis: 9 patients
» Skin Infection: 9 patients
» Periodontitis/gingivitis: 9 patients
NB: some patients have one or more of the problems mentioned above
Medications were prescribed for all the conditions diagnosed were necessary. The medications were dispensed by the Pharmacists and patients counseled on the dosage regimen.
Medical referrals were made for conditions that couldn’t be properly attended to, and a total of 21 referrals were made to effectively manage the patients.
This medical outreach was a huge success. First and foremost, we thank God for His guidance, protection, and blessings all through. We extend our profound gratitude to HRH. Enogie of Egor Community for making Egor Primary School available for this mission, and the community leaders for their utmost support to ensure this was a great success.
We most importantly owe eternal gratitude to all our donors for their enormous generosity which made this 2021 Medical outreach possible and a great success.
May God grant us all the willingness, commitment, and dedication to continue to reach out to our people back home. They need us and we truly need each other to make this world a better place.
We hope and pray for a much bigger outreach next time.
MEET THE TEAM
From L-R, Mr. Elvis Ariavie (Chief Operations Officer), Dr. Chinedu Okeke (Dentist), Scient. Goodluck (Med.lab Scientist), Miss. Chisome Okeke (Nurse), Dr. Ovie Orua-ureki (Medical Doctor), Miss. Eghosa Nene(Nurse), Miss. Progress (Registration Officer), Dr. Mrs. Peace Ariavie (Medical Doctor), Dr. Karo Onoriose(Medical Doctor), Pharm. Favour Nosakhare (Pharmacist), Scient. Arerosoghene Victory, Dr. Uyi Obasohan (Optometrist), Mr. Joseph Origho (Registration Officer), Pharm. Dr. Ochuko Onovae (Pharmacist).