No fewer than 150 aged persons have received free medical care from the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation (ADF) in Anambra.
The outreach was sponsored by Iyom Josephine Anenih, former Minister of Women Affairs and Founder of ADF, who was celebrating her 74th birthday.
Medical experts from the Ageing Research Centre of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu and Onyx Eye Care Foundation were on ground to administer free medical consultancy and treatment to the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries also received free eye check, free lab tests, cholesterol, sugar, blood, free memory check, BP, stress, hormones and health talk.
Addressing newsmen at her Amawbia home, Awka South Local Government Area, venue of the outreach, Anenih said it was aimed at imparting good health to the ageing population in the rural communities.
She said medical experts from various health institutions collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation which waa established in 2016 to improve the health quality of the aged.
According to her, health is wealth. At this age, health is more challenging in the rural communities, their income is at zero level, accessing good medical care is problematic.
“If there is any way anybody can assist, it is good, and I thought that is one way I can assist them, to offer free medical care,” he said.
On his part, Dr Gemma Henry-Ibeh, Medical Director of Onyx Eye Care Foundation, who gave the health talk on eye diseases and drug abuse among rural people, said there was need to increase access to healthcare in the communities.
Henry-Ibeh counseled them on regular eye check, good diet and consumption of fruits for preservation of their eyes, and that they should avoid self medication.