A group of non governmental organisations, NGOs, at the weekend organised one day free medical care for the older people and the less-privileged in the society.
The exercise which held at the Primary Health Care Centre, Jikwoyi, a suburb in Abuja, the nation’s capital, to mark this year’s International Day For Older Persons.
According to one of the organisers, Mr. Believe Odafe Ogbejeje of People Investment TV Show, “the venerable and the older people need medical attention now than ever before.”
He said the concern to keep the aged in good health prompted the free medical care exercise, adding that he was impressed with the turnout of those that came to do the check up.
Ogbejeje said the theme Stand Up for Older Persons Free Medical Care and Rights was chosen to enlighten the participants of the need to keep healthy, and stand on their rights within the society.
Meanwhile, one of the sponsors of the outreach, Mrs Juliet Anyata Ogba, the chairperson of Save Humanity and Environment international Foundation, said the care of the elderly should be of concern not only to government but to the society.
She said the society needs the wisdom of the older people just as their health should be of concern to all.
Among the presenters of free medication to the recipients at the exercise included the head of the health department of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Abdulkareem Mustapha, the supervisor of the primary health care centre Jikwoyi, Apollos Manhai, Dr Manasseh Haruna and Peter Monday of Melchick Foundation.