Residents of Ojodu community were offered free medical treatment last Saturday, as Paincare Outreach, a Non Governmental Organisation, in partnership with a Redeemed Christian Church of God Parish, House of Joy, visited the community.
According to members of the community, it was more than just another day, as they came out in large numbers to welcome the team of medical experts and christian preachers.
The event, which featured free distribution of food items and drugs by medical experts, was also used to spread the gospel of Christ to all present.
Speaking to journalists, the head of the medical team, Dr. Femi Ajagun, said that the programme was a medical spiritual outfit aimed at examining the health status of participants.
According to Ajagun, some of the major health conditions that were attended to during the medical session included hypertension, diabetes mellitus, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and pneumococcal disease.
â€œFor conditions that are beyond what we can attend to, or need further investigations, we refer to general hospitals, private hospitals or health care centres,â€ he said.
The Managing Director, Paincare Outreach, Mr. Peter Nwosu, said that the programme was just another step towards lifting more people out of the hold of the devil, who he said, imposed sickness and poverty to subdue human beings.
He explained that the initiative stemmed from a personal experience. â€œI did not grow up under the best conditions. It was difficult for my mother to pay for our medical bills. So I made a vow to God that if he blesses me in life, I would dedicate myself to making people happy by doing the little I could to lift them out of sufferings.â€ he said.
Nwosu disclosed that the organisation planned to extend the programme to the East. â€œWe have a budget of N19m for this programme,â€ he added.
The House of Joy Pastor, Michael Ogbe, expressed his appreciation to the outreach for bringing such facilities to the community and reconciling lost souls with Christ.
He also expressed his joy over the large number of people that came out for alter calls and promised to do follow up on them.
Mrs. Patience Irehdia, who was excited about the items, appreciated the outreach for putting a smile on her face and that of her children.
Another resident, Miss Lilian Biese, urged churches to take interest in the welfare of the less-privileged people.
She said, â€œIf all churches could duplicate what happened here, this world would be a better place. I really want to appreciate Paincare and RCCG for their kind gesture.â€