Health is a fundamental human right and a key indicator of sustainable development. Poor Health threatens the rights of children to education, limits economic opportunities for men and women and increases poverty within communities and countries around the world.
In addition to being a cause of poverty and strongly connected to other aspects of sustainable development, including water and sanitation, gender equality, climate change, peace, and stability.
In furtherance of the above and in promotion of the United Nations Number 3 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages; Rotary Club of Abuja FHA Estate district 9125 Lugbe in collaboration with Mercy Michael Foundation, Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention (RFHA) and EndPolioNow decided to mark the global “Rotary Family Health Days” by hosting a free Health Outreach in one of the satellite wards of Lugbe of the FCT known as Sauka Kahuta.
The Outreach was to test, screen and examine members of the public, with the goal of addressing the critical issues of HIV and other diseases.
Addressing newsmen and influencers at the event President of the Club in Lugbe Rotarian Aborisade Olaoluwa noted that in line with the mission of Rotary International to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professionals and community leaders; the outreach “was to allow the people in the rural areas to be aware of their health status and help reduce ‘silent killer diseases’ such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
In her remarks CEO of Mercy Michael Foundation (MMF) Mercy Michael stressed that the outreach will be of immense impact to children, women, men and the aged.
Free services rendered at the outreach included HIV testing and counseling, Hepatitis B and C screening, diabetes and glucose level screening, polio immunization, Vitamin A and B supplement administration, deworming for children, malaria testing, treatment amongst others.