The laboratory organizes health examinations for residents of Makoko and distributes food products
More than 180 residents of Makoko, a slum community in Lagos State, breathed a sigh of relief after Clina-Lancet Laboratories performed free medical examinations to find out their current health conditions, such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure and a physical exam.
This is because the organization understands the effect of national economic turmoil that could inevitably further worsen the health and living conditions of indigent residents. As a result, they received food items among other relief materials.
Some of the items included 180 mini bags of rice, 180 mini bags of garri, 180 liter bottles of vegetable oil, detergent packets, spaghetti, bar soap packs, gallons of dish soap, two pairs of school sandals for each of the 180 households, clothes and a free health check.
This initiative is only powered by Clina-Lancet Laboratories as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the Ori-Oke Banana Community Center, Makoko, on Saturday September 25, near its branch in Ebute-Metta, in Lagos State.
In the words of CEO and Managing Director of Clina-Lancet Laboratories, Dr Olayemi Dawodu, the goal of the checkup is to identify people unaware of their current state of health and to ensure early intervention and care.
She pointed out, “Some of the things we do now include blood sugar checks and blood pressure assessments. We have had a lot of hypertensive patients here. The idea behind this is that they are aware of their current and go to the primary health center in their environment for follow-up care for these conditions.
The quarterly CSR program, according to Dawodu, is in collaboration with the president of the Community Development Association (CDA). “We are planning to visit the Idi-Araba community near the organization’s Lagos University Hospital (LUTH) branch and others at our branches across the country.”
Also speaking, its Director of Business Development Thomas Olusegun said he was inspired by the number of lives impacted by Clina-Lancet Laboratories Nigeria in Makoko through this event.
“Our plan was to reach around 150 households today. However, we already have 180 households and counting. In the coming months, we are expected to do more. We believe that health is wealth and that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. We therefore want to make our impact known in all the communities where we operate, ”explains Olusegun.
While mitigating the effect of a pandemic year with these items, Olusegun alongside 20 members of the field team urged residents to make sure they attend the primary health care center (PHC ) nearest for continued treatment and to follow medical advice.