Tuberculosis: Foundation Screens 760 Persons in Lagos

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No fewer than 760 Lagos residents were on Wednesday screened for Tuberculosis (TB) free by the Archbishop John Kwao Aggey Foundation during a medical outreach. The outreach, which took place at Obalende, Lagos, was attended by youths and the elderly, in commemoration of the first indigenous Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, John Aggrey.

Aggey was born on 5 March, 1908, died on 14 March, 1972 at 68 years, noted for his selfless service, simplicity and humanitarian works, especially to the poor. The focus of the foundation is on youth empowerment, health, education and infrastructure.

During the outreach, participants were counseled, tested for sugar level, BP, hepatitis B and C, HIV, eye screening and provided with reading classes, while some with serious cases were referred to medical facilities.

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The President of the foundation, Mr Albert Fadonougbo, said that Aggrey, during his life time, prioritised people’s health as social investment, especially for the less privileged.

Fadonougbo said that the outreach was targeted at the ordinary people to help them live better. He explained that the choice to conduct the outreach in Obalende was because the late cleric lived there.

He said, “I am happy for the success of the outreach because it afforded many residents the opportunity to attend. We saw transporters, market women, artisans and youths queue up for the exercise. The essence of the programme is to propagate what the late priest stood for and hope to extend the outreach to other areas in future.”
Mr Malachi Victor-Morira, the Vice President of the foundation, said late Aggrey’s missionary activities transcended Africa.

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Victor-Morira in charge of the California, U.S. office of the foundation, added that the group would leverage on the cleric’s goodwill to expand the outreach beyond Lagos and Nigeria.

A beneficiary, Mr Abdukreem Kosoko, thanked the organisers for the free eye examination and the free glasses he received. Another beneficiary, Mrs Bisi Smith, screened for TB, also thanked the group, especially for the enlightenment on better ways to avoid and handle TB challenges.

The foundation partnered the state government for the provision of a mobile clinic with automated screening machine and medical team that attended to people.

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