Mascot Foundation Provides Free Medical care in Abia state
...... As over 5000 recieves treatment, free nets, insecticides
By: Obioma Oburuoga
Statistics has revealed that, Three Hundred Million new cases of malaria are found world wide resulting to about Three Million deaths annually.
Because of the deadly nature of malaria, it remains the only vector borne disease that is placed on World Health Organisation's disability adjusted life years.
In Abia State, a large percentage of the people live on extreme poverty, without access to portable water, adequate healthcare facilities and clean environment.
Considering the high level of poverty in Nigeria especially in Abia state where months of workers salaries and pensions have not been paid, many say, the state risks sinking with sick population.
To assist the people and bring to reality the axiom that, "Health is wealth", a philantropist Mascot Uzor Kalu brought succour to the health challenges faced by residents of Aba South and North as well as its environs.
The medical personnels which comprises of doctors, nurses, lab scientists as well as other auxillary staff embarked on testing, distribution of drugs, insecticides and mosquito nets.
Mascot Uzor Kalu maintained that the gesture has no political undertone but as part of his foundation's effort to ameliorate the sufferings of the poor masses. According to him, the foundation came into being as far back as 2004 insisting that the economic reality on ground required that well meaning people should come out to assist the less privileged in the society.
Speaking at the occasion, former Executive Chairman, Aba South Local Government Area, Dr. CNC Okoli described the gesture as timely saying that malaria was gradually reducing the manpower and vibrancy usually associated to Aba residents. He said, deaths recorded as a result of malaria scourge has been on increase, but believed that with efforts such as the one Mascot Uzor Kalu has done, the story will change for good.
Chief Ifeanyi David, Mrs. Chinomso Izuchukwu and Miss Chima Njoku all beneficiaries said they appreciated the donor, for the gesture stressing that, apart from the quality malaria drugs given to them, free mosquito nets were also distributed and also prayed that God will sustain the foundation.
The event which started by 10:00am ended by 7:00pm and took care of over 5,000 persons