Teen Ambassador Foundation (TAF) at the weekend offered free medical service to over 1000 residents of Kado community in the Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Specifically, the residents were treated for malaria, typhoid, peptic ulcer, urinary tract infections, hypertension, diabetes, skin diseases, treatment and vaccination for Hepatitis B and C infections, as well as pelvic inflammatory diseases.
TAF, a Non Governmental Organization, NGO borne out of corporate social responsibility (CSR) also provided food for the residents during the exercise.
In his remarks at the outreach, Paul Adiwu, the director general/chief executive officer of the Foundation said the passion to assist the poor and needy was the motivation for the exercise.
Adiwu said it was the second of such intervention by the organisation, adding that the gesture will be taken to the 36 states of the federation.
He said: “I am doing this out of community service and not out of any political gain. I am from Plateau State and not FCT, so this is purely my own way of giving back to society.
“I know my origin and I think when you remember where one is coming from, you don’t have a choice but to complement government efforts in things like this.
“We want to have these outreaches across the Federation. So, we are having one location per state. The first one was in Nasarawa and it was a success.
“This time around we came up with a vaccination for hepatitis. We are trying to improve on what we are doing. Every community is in need and you cannot be everywhere at the same time but we will continue to do our best and continue improving every time.
“The mission of Teen Ambassadors Foundation is to work on areas that are related to the sustainable development goals and health and wellbeing is part of that. We also support child education and provide scholarships. We want to educate the teenagers and catch them young”.
Danlami Audu, the Village Head of Kado, expressed appreciation to the foundation and called on all public spirited individuals to also embrace humanitarian services.
Also speaking, Dickson Akor, the national coordinator of the Peace Corp, commended the Foundation for the exercise which was aimed at bringing succour to the people in need.
Akor said: “I am here to represent the Peace Corps of Nigeria to show solidarity and support for the good work Mr Adiwu is doing. He is not a legislator but a civil servant and has decided that with what God has given to him he should invest it for the service of humanity. This is what life is all about. I appreciate him for the good work.”
On his part, Dalhatu Musa, the commissioner representing FCT in the Public Complaints Commission, commended the Foundation for helping the needy and the vulnerable, adding that the government alone cannot satisfy the medical needs of the masses.
“We thank TAF for this gesture which would help to address such issues. We will continue to partner with the organisation and ensure the support is timely in a manner that would be accommodating to all,” he said.
Chinyere Donatus, mother of a child with down syndrome who benefited from the exercise, expressed gratitude to the Foundation.
Donatus said she had sought basic medical help from many health facilities but could not get for lack of funds, stressing that the Foundation has provided succour for her.