The Ifumsa Health Awareness Club, an organ of the Obafemi Awolowo University Medical Student Association, offered free medical treatment to residents of Ikire community, Osun State, on Monday.
The free medical treatment was part of its annual community outreach programme aimed at providing essential medical services to the less privileged in society.
Traditionally known as the “village outreach”, this year’s event took place simultaneously at the Akire Palace and Ikire Mercy Clinic, providing a range of free medical services to the community.
The free medical services offered included minor surgeries for conditions such as hernia, hydrocele, and lipoma. Additionally, attendees benefited from cervical cancer screening, hepatitis B screening, HIV screening, malaria rapid diagnostic tests, urinalysis, blood pressure checks, BMI assessments, medications, and consultations.
A team of surgeons from the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex conducted a total of eleven surgeries, while approximately 100 individuals received medical attention during the outreach.
The Chairman of the club and a final-year medical student, Miss. Oloyede Kehinde expressed her satisfaction in advancing the club’s vision of “wholesome health for all” while stressing the importance of raising health awareness among the local community.
Final-year student and Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Miss Omodara Favour; a 400-level and vice-chairman, LOC, Sunday Osuntoye highlighted the significance of providing free medical services to those who are less privileged.
They shared their delight in bringing the outreach to the community and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community.
“The activity has helped and made us contribute part of our quota to society. It was interesting and pleasing to have impacted lives medically in the community,” Osuntoye said.
Kehinde described the success of the 2023 IHAC medical outreach in Ikire to have underscored the importance of community-driven initiatives in ensuring access to essential healthcare services for all, particularly those in underserved regions.