The people of Nassarawa state, recently, had so much to be thankful for as medical relief and intervention came to them thanks to When In Need Foundation (WIN).
WIN foundation, founded by Dr. Ecton-Dunkley, which since inception has been run with her savings, investment and salary, on June 18th embark on another challenge by taking free medical mission initiative to Kardako Health Centre, Kardako Nasarawa State.
The medical support team included the 15 Medical Doctors, 10 Pharmacists, 15 Optometrists, Nurses and about 20 Volunteers support team. With the crowd who came to get free healthcare, screened for various diseases, malaria, typhoid and high blood pressure among others. Not less than 3000 people were seen by a doctor, evaluated, checked for particular ailments etc. Malaria was the most prevalent of the illnesses and the statistics is jarring in north central region of Nigeria.
According to the organisers, during this healthcare free medical intervention, medical supplies enough to fill one 40 foot container was shipped from the United States, wheel Chairs, vitamins, blood pressure monitors, over the counter prescriptions etc.
The founder of WIN speaks about the worrisome health issues in the country;
“Every year in Africa most populous nation Nigeria, a whopping 300,000 die from malaria due to mosquito bites. Many of these deaths are children and failing adults. The challenges many face in rural villages of Nigeria are not just poverty, being under-resourced, add to it catastrophic issues like absence of basic healthcare especially for those struggling make it due chronic impoverishment.”
“These folks can barely afford three square meal per day for their families. The government are sitting on their hands for the most part. Only when organizations like WIN step up to the plate can such anomalies redressed or curtailed. Many are perplexed because in a wealthy oil rich nation often referred as ‘Giant of Africa” the masses of people are going through such unbelievable hardship, poverty and penury.”—Dr. Ecton laments.
Dr. Ecton also attributed the success of the Nasarawa mission to its few supporting bodies such as EMU Health, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Brother’s Brother Foundation, Order of St. George, Rotary Club of NY #6 and Corona Lion’s Club.
“Though many in need benefited from our free medical mission. We were unable to attend to more people as we ran out of supplies”.
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