excitement in Idimu community of Lagos State on Saturday the 18th of
July, 2015. Residents of this community, some of whom were also beneficiaries
at the last event in Shasha were
excited and expectant. The project team arrived enthusiastic in their spanking
blue uniforms with the same goal – improving lives through preventive care.
administered to all children between the ages of 1-16years who had not taken
any form of such drugs in the last three months. The drugs were administered by
direct observation and this was made possible by the provision of portable water and disposable cups for the children.
Tablets were administered to older children who could swallow
while the younger kids had suspensions. As a means of motivation and reward,
the little children also got sweets after taking their medicines. This gesture
led to enthusiastic participation of more children and generated healthy
competition among siblings.
Parents and children left the
program armed with health education on the importance of food hygiene, hand
washing, and the need for periodic deworming. In addition, malnourished
children were given multivitamins and their mothers were counseled on how to
improve on nutrition.
they received free health checks for body mass index and blood pressures etc.
Parents were also educated on the need to maintain a normal healthy weight
(which is 18.5 to 25 on the BMI scale), a feat which could be made possible by
healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and regular exercise. Adults who were
overweight or obese were advised to reduce or eliminate alcohol intake,
cigarette smoking, junk food, high fat meals and soda drinks. Also, people were
either counseled or advised to urgently go to the hospital when their health
check gave concerning results. All present, were advised to consume more fruits
and exercise more and to know that exercise is not reserved for the overweight
only, as is the common belief. Though some adults wished they could also
benefit from the free anthelmintic therapy, they were instead encouraged to
purchase theirs at any nearby pharmacy while those adults who presented with
malaria symptoms were treated accordingly.
increase in the number of children and adults attended to compared to the last event; notwithstanding, efficiency did not lag because the team gave their best to this charitable community service.
around 3.30pm with the Project Director expressing her thanks to the various persons
who contributed to the success of the day: in publicity-community mobilizing, registration
desk, logistics, clinical team, and photography.
Project Foresight team and their visionary Project Director, Pharm. Morenike Ashade