Outreach:
Medical Aid and Distribution of Food Materials in Angwa Kutare- Dakwa, Dei- Dei, Community, Abuja- FCT.

Project:
Medical Outreach.

Target Audience:
Men and Women Living With Leprosy.

OVERVIEW:
Most people living with disabilities in our communities cannot afford quality health care and good nutrition; as a result, they are exposed to several diseases that can lead to eventual death. Today, about 180,000 people worldwide are affected by leprosy, according to the WHO, most of them in Africa and Asia. About 100 people are diagnosed with leprosy in the U.S every year, mostly in the South, California, Hawaii, and some U.S territories. In Nigeria alone, an estimated 5,000 cases of leprosy occur annually. Dakwa is a sub-urban settlement located in the Dei-Dei community, under the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Within the community is Angwa Kutare, a settlement of people living with leprosy. The people have been living with major health challenges and possible neglect by the government and relevant/ concerned bodies on their health and well- being.

As a major part of its existence, the Destiny Transformers Initiative, in collaboration with the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), took to the people living with leprosy, a medication outreach and a sensitization program about their health status and well- being, on the 15th of August, 2020. During the program, the people were sensitized to the importance of maintaining a good health status and ensuring good personal hygiene, by maintaining a clean environment and preventing poor environmental practices that could lead to the breeding of mosquitoes and subsequent malaria fever. Various medical tests were conducted, drugs were distributed to the people, and those who were found positive for the tests were further counseled and asked to go to the hospital for proper care and treatment. The tests conducted include a Malaria parasite test, Blood sugar level, and Blood pressure test, Widal test (Typhoid fever), etc., by the medical team of doctors and nurses. This medical outreach is in line with the sustainable development goal 3: Good Health and Well-being, which aims at ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases, by 2030. The goal also aims at, among others, achieving universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health- care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicine and vaccines for all.

The Destiny Transformers Initiative has been well known for its humanitarian work in the past, thus embarking on different outreaches trying to touch the people who are in different needs and touching lives in different ways to make our society a better place to live.

The foundation hereby calls on the government, corporate organizations and stakeholders to give a closer look and attention to the health and well-being of people living with leprosy in the Dakwa community, as well as all other communities in the country.

SCOPE/OBJECTIVE
The overall objective is to organize a day program, which will create awareness, impart knowledge and provide medical aid and food for the people with or without leprosy in Angwa Kutare, a settlement of people living with leprosy in Dakwa, Dei-Dei, Abuja.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

  • To improve the core life and health values of the people in the areas of knowledge, attitude and personal life attribute.
  • Sensitizing the people on the benefits of good and personal health.
  • To create a source of good health and livelihood for the people in the community.
  • To enable the people to have good access to proper health and well- being.
  • To make food available in easing the harsh effects of the COVID- 19 pandemic.

ACTIVITIES

  1. Gathering the women and men to sensitize them on the importance of having and maintaining good health status.
  2. Medical counseling on the men and women in the community.
  3. Medical check-ups and testing on the men and women living with leprosy.
  4. Distribution of drug materials to the people to treat their ailments.
  5. Distribution of food materials to the women and men living with leprosy.
  6. Interview section of some selected women and the DTI members of staff.

 OUTPUT/ACHIEVEMENT
The aim of providing health sensitization, medical aid and attention, and the distribution of food materials to the people of the community was rightly achieved.

At the end of the program, over a number of 50 persons were attended to. 

CHALLENGES

  • Lack of financial sponsorship.
  • Poor living environment for the people of the community.
  • Periodic or non-frequent attention of the government on these vulnerable people of the community.

RECOMMENDATION
Leprosy, medical known as Hansen’s disease, is a bad medical condition that limits the patients in life from doing a lot of things he or she could have done. The disease affects the hands, legs and other body parts, rendering the patients finger-less, foot-less, etc. In Nigeria alone, an estimated 5,000 cases of leprosy occur annually. In Angwa- Kutare alone, there are over 38 people affected by this dreadful disease. In order to curb the awful effects of Hansen’s disease on the people of Angwa- Kutare community, it is therefore recommended that:

  • The people of the community must take into foremost priority their health and personal hygiene.
  • The government should create a better, regular and conscious attention on these people, to help them manage the disease and to avoid the spread of the disease.
  • Provision of job empowerment such as skills etc. to the people, to enable them a good and consistent source of livelihood, instead of resorting to begging for alms on the streets.
  • Provision of funds for NGOs to train the people in various skills.

CONCLUSION
Today, as before, most people living with disabilities (such as leprosy, etc.) in our communities cannot afford quality health care and good nutrition, as a result, they are exposed to several diseases that can lead to eventual death. It is therefore relevant for the government and the concerned corporate bodies and NGOs to join hands together and help these people have a better life, and so be able to make a living for themselves instead of begging for alms on the street. We must leave no one behind in our quest for a better world.

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