National Association of Seadogs, NAS, Eket chapter, last weekend donated drugs to an orphanage in the area as part of its contributions to improving the healthcare and wellbeing of the less privileged in the state.
The drugs, which included those for malaria, worm expellers and others, were donated by the national chairman of the association, Dr Kalu Anyan, to the Way to the Nations Children Centre
in Ikot Obiok community in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
“The programme is reaching out to the less privilege, in this case since the drive for this year had been maternal and child health. We felt we could use one opportunity to achieve two things, by reaching out to less privilege children and helping to control this common disease among them in order to improve their health and wellbeing,” Anyan said.
He said that the outreach programme under the medical charity of the association was targeted at common diseases responsible for high mortality and morbidity among the populace.
“We are out to help some of those we consider as less privileged people in the society. Today we singled out malaria treatment for children because that is a big challenge, and infestation by worm is the outreach programme focus today.
“80 per cent of outpatient consultations in Nigerian hospitals were due to malaria and from the statistics that we have malaria is the leading cause of death especially in young children and pregnant mothers,” he explained.
The chairman regretted that the average Nigeria adult treats malaria at least four times in a year, while the disease had contributed to economic losses in the country.
Also speaking, Mr Benjamin Robbert, Eket branch president of the association, promised to make the assistance a routine one and assured that NAS would be a partner to the orphanage centre.
Receiving the items, Miss Dianabasi Akanimoh, chief executive officer of the centre, expressed gratitude to the association and urged other members of the society to emulate NAS.
She explained that the four-year-old centre had 37 children but expressed regret that 80 percent of them had been stigmatised by either their parents or their community.
Akanimoh said that the orphanage centre was faith-based and committed to save lives and bring safety to the learning environment of children in the state.

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