Foundation’s Pro-poor Initiatives Lauded

31 Dec 2012

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Prof. ABC Nworah

By Crusoe Osagie

The Mike Susan foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has been lauded for its initiative of conducting free blood sugar level and hypertension screening on villagers and also donating food items to them.

Making the commendation during the official unveiling of the foundation, the chairman, Prof. ABC Nworah, said the foundation deserves commendation for focusing on women and children, saying these are two critical groups in any society.

In his words: “These two groups are very important in any society, usually regarded as the vulnerable class, and any incentive or outreach that touches them has actually touched the heart of that society”.

He said in the course of the exercise, that some people would receive free health screening in areas of hypertension and blood sugar level, and that the idea is to identify generic health conditions affecting people and finding a way of resolving them.

“In addition to this, some participants would be receiving free donation of food items. Aside the fact that this is the season of giving, philanthropy is at the heart of the Mike Susan Foundation”.

According to him, the Foundation has concluded plans to institute a scholarship scheme through which youths of the community could be assisted to acquire skills in certain areas that would help their lives, adding that a committee would soon be set up to work out the modalities.

“We would be collaborating with Corporate Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Philanthropists and other like-minded individuals to take the Foundation to the next level”, he said.

Also, the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Joseph Odumodu, lauded the management of Foundation, in the outreach which was participated by over 400 villagers.

He said the testimonies of the villagers showed beyond any doubt that it had actually touched the people where it mattered most.

“You can see that every single participant here today has at least a bad of rice and groundnut oil to go home with, in addition to free medical attention. It is obvious that Mike Susan Foundation has really touched two areas of life which are important to the people”.

According to him, the foundation deserves the commendation because the gesture is certain to throw a challenge on other good-spirited Nigerians to seek to make a difference by impacting other lives.

“Many of them have medical conditions related to the areas covered by the free screening but did not have the opportunity of ascertaining it until today. But the foundation was able to create the forum, was able to mobilise effectively and this has accounted for the impressive turnout of the beneficiaries”.

Odumodu, who is a Pharmacist by profession, also acknowledged the foundation for making free quality drugs available as part of the medical and food outreach, saying that on their own, some of the beneficiaries may not have been able to access the quality drugs needed for their conditions.

He said as a person, he would lend his support for the NGO given that it had taken on an initiative worthy of emulation and commendation.

The medical and food outreach were aspects of formal unveiling programme of the foundation and began with a health walk along some streets in Amawbia. The long procession later returned to the St Matthew’s Catholic Church where a team of medical personnel shortly began to attend to the patients.

Leader of the medical team, Dr Eziechile Joseph of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, described the NGO gesture as very impactful.

“Because I have been involved in medical outreaches before now, I know the impact of what happened here today. You needed to hear the degree of prayers that the beneficiaries were praying for the foundation.

Surveyor Chigbo Okeke who witnessed the programme, described Mike Susan Foundation as wonderful. “What Mike Susan Foundation did today is an eye opener to rich people in our society. The evil in our society is founded on corruption. If you could reach out to the poor people in the society, they would be happy. The people that benefited from the foundation will likely not think about crime”, he said.

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