On Sunday, more than 600 residents of Ewu Oruku and Ipetoro communities of Sagamu local government in Ogun state received free medical services.
The one-day medical outreach organized by an engineering company, Everest Metal Nigeria Limited as part of its social responsibilities to its host communities, covered the provision of medicines, free eye tests and tests for other diseases.
Everest Metal Nigeria Business Development Manager Naresh Gupta noted that sensitization takes place every year to help community residents identify ailments and diseases that require medical attention.
He noted that the drive is in addition to the health center set up for the community and in the factory.
Gupta said: ‘We do it compulsorily every year and there are other emergencies that we deal with occasionally in the communities.
“We are here with provisions for 600 to 700 people. This is a general medical examination for fever, stomach pain, general body pain, weight loss, etc. and information on how to avoid chronic diseases.
One of the beneficiaries and pastor of the community, Noah Rufus, noted that the sensitization has enabled people like him to have their health checked regularly and free of charge.
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“It’s not the first time they’ve done this; we have known them as a role model in the community in fact they run the factory in this community.
“We’ve lost count of the number of things they’ve done to this community. It’s one of the programs they put in place and they did it again this time.
“They take care of the health of people in the community and people are happy even though it’s Sunday. People are gathering here in droves and are happy with this gesture,” Rufus said.
Another outreach recipient, Adesina Adebayo, who also got free medicine after complaining of eye problems and body pain, welcomed the gesture.