Rotarians for Fighting AIDS have said that about 40,000 residents in Ogun and Lagos states will benefit from its free medical screening services.
The District Governor of Rotary District 9110, Mr. Kennedy Ejakpomewhe, who spoke at the inauguration of the programme in Lagos, said the free screening service was part of the organisation’s activities to mark the World Family Health Day.
He added that residents in these states would be screened by qualified medical personnel and volunteer groups for diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cataract, diabetes, high blood pressure, cervical cancer and dental problems.
According to him, the week-long activity which is in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation globally, is a community-based initiative implemented in several countries to build sustainable communities that are empowered to tackle HIV and other killer diseases through the provision of free check-up.
He said, “The Foundation invests in social projects to help create sustainable communities by improving the quality of life. It is an action group of the Rotary International.
“Our aim is to provide essential health services to the less privileged and help satisfy a basic human need for quality health care for many who cannot afford it.”
He added that the organisation had focused on HIV/prevention to reduce the population of Nigerians dying from the virus.