No fewer than 5,000 residents of Ifo Local Government Area in Ogun State have benefited from the free medical test organised by Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA.
The state Prevention Officer, NACA, Mrs Olufunmilayo Ojo, disclosed this at a four-day free medical test held at Ifo Local Government Council secretariat.
She said the free medical test carried out in different parts of the country was facilitated by the federal and state governments, adding that the test was a medical integrated outreach programme aimed at providing status test to people, counsel on health education, consultation, HIV/AIDS test, blood sugar check-up and blood pressure test, as well as deworming for children, among others.
Ojo commended the turn-out of residents and encouraged more people to avail themselves of the opportunity.
‘’Knowing your health status, especially when you are HIV positive, is not a death sentence because there are drugs for various diseases. Awareness and public enlightenment are vital to reduce untimely death in the country.’’
She noted that the federal and state governments are doing their best to ensure that the number of deaths recorded from deadly diseases are drastically reduced.
The Managing Director of Omamurhomu Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Mr. Omamurhomu Ofurhie, implored the people to always go for regular check-up and stay healthy, urging more people to embrace the programme.
Ofurhie stated that having HIV or other related diseases is not the end of the world, adding that people living with the ailment could still live longer if the prescribed drugs are used according to instructions.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Funke Salako, commended the organisers and encouraged them to make the programme more regular.
Mr. Korede Olasunkanmi said the exercise afforded him the opportunity to know the various ailments affecting his health and commended government for the gesture.

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