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Project Foresight Event Report 1

written by Pharm. Mope Fasakin

DATE: APRIL 25th 2015.
                                     VENUE: SHASHA COMMUNITY
TOWN HALL, IDIMU, LAGOS.
 
The maiden event of Project
Foresight tagged ‘Project Foresight-Health
kicked off by 12.15 pm on Saturday April 25th, 2015. It was
organized by the Project Foresight team-Morenike Ashade, Damilola Adeokun, Tola Akinpelu and Olamide Ashade and also drew volunteers from various disciplines
and works of life. The theme of the event: ‘#dewormyourchildren was aimed at eliminating parasitic worms which can affect the health of
growing children and lead to sickness, malnutrition and death.

 

With the help of our teenage volunteers,
the venue was tidied and arranged, team members were assigned responsibilities
and the work flow was established. Soon after, the first family for the day-a
mother with three kids arrived. Thus, the maiden edition of Project
Foresight began in full swing. All hands were on deck as the deworming (antihelminthics) medicines
were provided to all children present between the ages of 12 months-16 years..

 

 

The attendees were seated outside
the hall under a large canopy where two team members recorded the basic
information of the parents and children into Project Foresight Client forms.
Afterwards, the parents were directed into the hall where the height and weight
of the mothers (and fathers) of the kids were measured and recorded.
Proceeding further into the hall, two tables took charge of educating the
parents while providing deworming medicines to their kids and also calculated the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the adults. Two other tables took the blood pressure reading for the
adults, counseled and referred them to go to their hospitals where necessary. Organizers
provided drinking water and disposable cups for each child and some children
were encouraged to take their medicines by offering them sweets afterwards.
Malnourished toddlers and older children were also given multivitamins while adults
that presented with malaria symptoms were given ACT medicines after appropriate
consultation.

 

Adults were adequately counseled on
the importance of the correlation of their weight to height in an index known
as the Body Mass Index and how it affects their overall health. Emphasis was laid on
healthy diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle habits. Parents were educated on
the need to maintain proper body, water and food hygiene for themselves and children to prevent/reduce worm
infections. Parents were also counseled on how frequently the deworming
medicines should be taken. All activities and drugs administered per individual
were properly documented in #projectforesight forms for adults and children as
required.

 

The project foresight team were dressed in
customised #projectforesight shirts, the event was well captured by a
professional photographer @lanreayilegbe who volunteered for the event in his
capacity and food was served after the program. The program came to an end with
group photographs at about 4.30pm.

In conclusion, the maiden edition of Project Foresight was a huge success and it can only get better. Shasha community appreciated the gesture and asked how frequently the program would
hold while others wished the program was bigger and included more programs apart from “deworming”
for the children. While there’s always room for
improvement, I must commend the composure and dutifulness of every volunteer and member of
the 
 Project Foresight team, the cooperation of the community, the support of HealthPlus Pharmacy, Chill Pharmacy Shasha and Farenmore Pharmacy and the commitment of the project
director-Pharm. Morenike Ashade to the wellbeing of the Nigerian child.

 

 

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