The Olawale Ebietomiye Foundation (OEF) on Saturday organized a free medical outreach to improve the healthcare of police and paramilitary personnel in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was the 10th edition of the foundation’s ‘Jigi Wale’ project.
The Founder of OEF, Mr. Olawale Ebietomiye, said the initiative aimed at providing treatment for 1,000 people, including blood pressure, weight checks, eye screening, treatment and free glasses for the personnel.
Ebietomiye, who was a former aspirant for the position of House of Representatives in Amuwo Odofin Constituency one, said the jobs of security personnel hardly gave them time to take proper care of their health.
“These men go on the streets everyday, 24/7, protecting the lives of the common man on the streets and their properties. It is high time we started looking out for them. There is nothing that is too much to do for them,” he said.
He urged individuals and organizations to support the police and paramilitary by contributing their own quota, as government alone could not shoulder the responsibility.
Ebietomiye commended the Festac Police Station for their graciousness to allow people within the community to also benefit from the medical outreach.
“This is primarily for the police and paramilitary but they’ve shown love for the community by asking those living and working around here to join them,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, SP Ohida Mohammed, commended the foundation for holding the event at the police station and giving the policemen the opportunity to check their health status.
Mohammed told NAN that during the checkup, he found out that his blood pressure was high and the medical team gave him advice on how to properly manage it.
“I thought I see well but after the eye screening, they gave me glasses that will enhance my reading,” he said.