It was a moment of realization of the in-depth meaning of the saying “Health is Wealth” as Miners and association of Tipper drivers’ in Ilesa Atakumosa West Local Government of Osun State were visited by Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre Osogbo and provided with free medical outreach.
The free medical outreach was part of the on-going activities in promoting radical HIV/AIDS prevention and the adoption of healthier behaviour especially among the Miners.
Setting a record straight on the philosophy behind the outreach, the Programme Supervisor, Mrs. Juliet Akande who led the team noted that “Miners by the nature of their jobs work tirelessly with little cognizance of their Health status. They can be said to have less than an acceptable Health seeking behaviour.”
She stressed further that” Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre whose main goal is the holistic development of mankind undertook the free Medical Outreach to extend the organization’s act of love to the Miners and Tipper Drivers. This has paid off and it can be vividly seen now that the turn out here today has really justified our coming.”
Health talk on Health awareness and the need for improved Health behaviour were parts of the matters they were sensitized about. The targeted groups and other willing community members were given opportunities to have blood pressure checks, determination of Body Mass Index, HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) as well as prompt referral to the next level of care for those in need of such services.
Speaking on behalf of the Members of the targeted group and host community, Baba Iwa Olukani expressed gratitude to JDPMC and their amiable Partners for their thoughtfulness and consideration of the members of the groups, he added that with the activities there will definitely be an improvement in the Health and Wellness of the entire community.