NGO Takes Steps For Attainment Of Universal Health Coverage

06 January 2021 by Florence Adewale

A Non Governmental Organization, Baptist Health Fellowship has called on religious Organisations to embark on programmes that will meet the health needs of their members.

The Chairman of the group, First Baptist Church Keffi Chapter, Dr. Bode Amao made the call at a Medical outreach for free tests, screening and consultation in Keffi Nasarawa State.

Dr. Amao said the gesture was to complement Government’s efforts in providing healthcare services for the less privileged in the society.

He said regular medical checks would go a long way to avert a lot of ailments which may not show symptoms until it is advanced.

In his words “The aim of the programme is to conduct general checks and screening for our church members, non Christians and people in the neighborhood to avert common illnesses which are often neglected which might not even show any symptoms or sign until it is fully blown.

Dr. Amao who stressed that programmes of such nature would go a long way to ensure government achieved it set goals of universal health coverage further emphasized the need for religious bodies to also prioritise the social and economic needs of their members and the vulnerable in their environs.

He added, “we registered over one hundred and seventy people but at a point we were not able to keep track of the record but we saw over two hundred people”.

The programme which attracted residents in the environs irrespective of religious and tribal affiliation was part of activities to mark the hundred years Anniversary of the church.

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