– Conducts free health screening for over 300 residents
As part of activities organised in commemorating the 2022 World Pharmacists Day, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals Limited, recently conducted free health screening and enlightenment campaign for residents of Ilupeju, Obanikoro, Oshodi, and its environs.
World Pharmacists Day is an annual global event, celebrated on September 25, to create awareness about the profession and to strengthen solidarity among pharmacists.
Speaking with Pharmanews at the health campaign, held in front of the pharmaceutical company, in the heart of the Ilupeju community, Pharm. Derick Osondu, general manager, Greenlife Pharma, said: “We decided to organise the health campaign and free screening exercise to give back to our community and to promote healthy living among Nigerians.”
According to him, regular health screening is good as it involves checking patients’ current health status and risks, adding that “if any problems are found, the healthcare provider will provide information on treatment plans and ways that you can prevent health issues in the future, as well as refer the person to the Greenlife Hospital close by”.
The free health screening featured free health consultation and counseling, fasting blood sugar test, BMI, blood pressure check, hepatitis, malaria parasite test, and free drug administration, among others.
Also speaking at the event, Head, Human Resources and Public Relations, Kema Ezeasor, explained that the free health screening, awareness campaign, and free drug administration were organised as part of the company’s contribution to improving public healthcare and as well identifying with pharmacists all over the world as they celebrate this year’s ‘World Pharmacists Day’, adding that Greenlife as a responsible company recognises their immense contribution to the healthcare sector in the country.
Speaking further, Ezeasor, who was also part of the screening team, noted that regular health screening and awareness can help detect health problems before they become complicated and sometimes untreatable, adding that by getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, people are taking steps that will help them live longer and have a healthier life.
She noted that people need to consider their health first in everything they do, adding that looking healthy is not always an indication that one is free from diseases.
Aside from health screening, consultation, and free drug administration, the Greenlife team also gave health talks and educated the populace on what to do to prevent diseases and better manage their health.
While calling on people to inculcate the habit of going for a regular health check, and as well maintain good health at all times, Mr Wasiu Ayelodun, national sales manager, Seagreen Pharmaceuticals, expressed concerns that many patients do not give importance to keeping appointments with their health personnel, adding that many are dying in silence.
“The message we are passing across as the country today is to let the public know that at Greenlife Pharmaceuticals and her sister company, Seagreen Pharma, it is not all about profit making, but to also affect the lives of the people around us. We are always ready to give back to society. Also, we are using the opportunity to tell the public to be conscious of their health and take diagnostic tests seriously as it’s the only way to know the status of their health. We are also using this opportunity to promote our brands as their efficacy is second to none,” he said.
A tricycle rider, who was one of the beneficiaries, Mr Monday Ujah, enjoined other healthcare providers and organisations in the country to take a cue from what Greenlife Pharma has done and reach out to assist people in enjoying better health as a way of giving back to the society
Other beneficiaries including an octogenarian Mr Harry Joseph, who came a bit late and still benefited from the free health screening and Mr Rashidi Omotara, who resided in Oshodi but heard about the programme through a phone call from a friend appreciated the company and called for more support to enable poor Nigerians live a meaningful life.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Toyin Adewole, thanked the organisers of the programme for giving her the opportunity to know her health status and the need for her to remain healthy, adding that her job as LAWMA personnel is not allowing her to have time for medical checkups.