Support for Rural Poor

13 Nov 2012

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Residents of Ilaro community

A non-governmental organisation, Paincare Outreach, provided free food and medicare to the poor residents of Ilaro community in Ogun State, writes Comfort Umoren

Considering the present economic hardship faced by Nigerians especially those in the lower class who cannot afford the two square meals per day let alone access to quality medical attention when they are sick, the need for a saviour who would come to their aid has  always been a constant prayer. While many rich flaunt their wealth with fanciful items, many poor people die of starvation and lack of medical care too often.

Recently in Ilaro community of Ogun state, it was one of those days that the poor prayed and hoped for, a day when their lives will be blessed physically, spiritually and medically as over 4000 people from Ilaro and neighboring communities marched to the Empire playing ground to partake in the welfare programme organised by the Paincare Outreach, a non-governmental organization based in Lagos.

The event featured free distribution of food, drugs and medical counseling by the medical experts.  The programme was applauded by the residents and it provided support to everyone in need without religion, sex or age as both the young  and old, Christians, Muslims and traditional worshippers were all cared for with each person smiling home with loads of gift items.

Paincare outreach, a monthly outfit concerned with improving and touching lives through saving lost souls into God’s kingdom while providing for the physical and health need of the poor across the country was founded 3 years ago by the Medical Director, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals Limited, Peter Nwosu.

The founder, Peter Nwosu revealed that the outreach was founded as a result of a vow he made to God while growing up in a remote village in the South Eastern part of the country. According

to the him, he lost his father at a tender age and was raised with his siblings by his poor mother who could hardly provide them with food and medical attention when they were sick.

“There were times when we had nothing to eat and had to go to bed with empty stomach. Then I made a vow to God that, if he should bless me and make me rich, I would do everything I can to lift the souls of as many poor people as I come in contact with. Hence, I carry out the operation feed the poor weekly and the paincare outreach monthly.”

The programme, THISDAY discovered cost a whooping sum of N10 million for the purchase of food items and drugs to be shared to the poor. Some drugs produced by the company are also being used to support the sick ones among them. Also, the outreach is in current discussion with an Indian health foundation for the building of a hospital for the poor in Nigeria.

“This is the largest turnouts we have experienced since the inception of the outreach and we bless God for it because it is a confirmation of what he told us,” the head pastor of the outreach, Steven Akindasa told THISDAY in a chat.

While speaking on the choice of the place, Pastor Steven disclosed that the people in the community  are known to be  living below the normal standard and there is need to support them.

So far, the outreach has been to the hinterlands such as Ajah, Isheri – olofin, Badore, Kuramo, Egan, Igando, Shasha  all in a bid to connect the spiritual and the physical wellbeing of those in dire need.

According to the head of the medical team of the organisation, Dr. Oludeyi Oladapo, a medical doctor with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the programme was  a medical spiritual outfit  that directly impacted on the health and wealth of the poor people.

Some of the major diseases looked at during the medical session include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, pneumococcal diseases and others.

“For conditions that are more than we can handle or need laboratory tests, we refer them to general hospitals, private hospitals or health care centres.”

Amazed by the large turnout, the pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Ogun province 7, Ilaro, Pastor Sesan Akinnawo expressed his appreciation to Paincare Outreach for bringing such facilities to the community.

Some of the benefactors include traditional rulers, market women, children, men, transporters, beggars, aged people, and youths amongst others. One of the traditional rulers who identified himself as the Baale of Fagbo village, Chief Fagbohun Adeboye said a message was sent by the paramount ruler of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle to all the village heads in Ilaro to inform their people of the event hence the large turnout. He also expressed his gratitude to Paincare outreach for remembering the people of Ilaro in its giving back to the society exercise.

Grinning from ear to ear while admiring the small bag of rice and yellow bag filled with other gift items in her hand, a34-year-old housewife, Eunice Job appreciated Paincare Outreach for putting smiles on her face and that of her two children. She said: “We have lived in poverty for as long as I can remember and somehow from a far distance a group remembers us. The drugs and the food items are appreciated.”

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