By Stanley Onyekwere
In what seems as demonstration of love towards the poor and vulnerable, Liberty Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church in collaboration with Global Vision Support International Foundation, have facilitated free medical services to over 4,000 residents of Karmo community, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Our correspondent reports that free medical services range from major operations like myomectomy (fibroid removal), repair of uterine prolapse, removal of diseased ovary and minor operations like hernia repair, ganglion repair, lump and mass removal.
Also, about 300 eye glasses were given out freely, including general health education and counseling.
Speaking at the occasion, the senior pastor, Liberty Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church, Utako, Pastor Kayode Arigbede, explained that the outreach was necessitated by the dilapidated health care system in the communities, especially in densely populated areas, where health services are inadequate and poorly accessible.
“So, what we do as a church in conjunction with this foundation is to go from community to community and provide services like this, to bring succour to the poor who could not afford medical bills.
“This outreach embraces all manners of people, the educated, non educated, market women, Muslims, Christians and we intend to replicate this in each state of the federation by God’s grace next year.
“This is our own way of supporting the government and serving humanity.”
In same vein, the chief medical coordinator, Global Vision and Support International Foundation, popularly called Vision Center, John Sotunsa, said that the foundation is a medical ministry group that aims at getting excellent health services to people at every place and ensuring that people have the right information for the betterment of mankind.
Responding to the gesture, the district head of Karmo Sabo, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Yunusa Ashama Karmo, expressed his gratitude to God for using the church to reach out to Karmo residents through health care services and counseling.
Ashama noted that the programne has really helped residents, especially those who could not afford medical bills.
He therefore called on other good Nigerians, especially religious leaders and corporate bodies to emulate the gesture.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Agness Ikuen, who was operated of myomectomy (fibroid), said the fibroid has been with her for over seven years and has prevented her from having babies since she got married.
Ikuen prayed that God will bless Liberty Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church and the entire medical team and every other person that has contributed to the free medical outreach.