IMG Flags off Free Medical Exercise

2008-10-28
By NANA AHMADU

The Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG) has begun free medical test for Niger Delta indigenes living in Lagos and south west states.
The free screening exercise for diabetes and hypertension was flagged off yesterday (Saturday). At the Naval Barracks in Ajegunle, Lagos, by the group’s coordinator, Comrade Joseph Evah.
Speaking at the occasion, which was the first leg of the two-day exercise, Evah said it was his way of showing appreciation to Nigerians who stood by him recently in prayers when he was unconscious and admitted in hospitals in Nigeria and abroad.
“I proffer the medical test option to thank Nigerians because of the inadequate knowledge and awareness of symptoms, signs and effects of untreated hypertension and diabetes, which has increased the incidence of sudden death in the country”, he said.
The Ijaw leaders added that the exercise extended to other Nigerians later even as he charged the federal government to established medical test centre throughout the country.
The mobilization of women, children and the elderly for the exercise was carried out by the Ijaw Community Leadership Forum (ICLF- South West) while Evah’s special assistant on health matters, Dr. Clarkson Agugha, supervised the exercise conducted by six other doctors and nurses.
Speaking earlier, president of the ICLF, Chief Shedrack Agboro thanked the IMG coordinator for his concern for the health of the Niger Deltans.

 

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