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Third Estate conducts free medical test, distributes drugs to patients

Hajia Afusat Abdulateef (right) attending to Mr. Zarum Mashood during the one day free health care organized by Third Estate of Ilorin Emirate held at Mandate Ultra-Modern Market, Adewole, Ilorin. Photos: Issa Saliu
By Issa Saliu
No fewer than 3,000 traders in the Mandate Ultra-Modern market, Ilorin last week benefitted from the free health care and drugs administration courtesy of Third Estate (Ilorin Emirate), a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Also, among the beneficiaries of the free healthcare programme are the residents of Olorunsogo, Adewole, Apalara, Adeta, Kuntu, Agbooba, Gaa Odota among other areas of Ilorin.
In his remarks, the president of the organization, Mallam Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said the gesture is borne out of the commitment of Third Estate to see to the wellbeing of the people of Ilorin Emirate.
"As a nongovernmental organization which comprises professionals from both public and private sectors, we don't seek financial support from outside the group for our programmes.
"We felt the need to embark on a programme like this in order to give back to our community. We all know that it is important we pay serious attention to people's health.
“Looking at the nature of the business of our people, especially our market women and men, they find it difficult to check their health status regularly. We have brought this programme to reach out to a wide spectrum of Ilorin residents and we are looking forward to repeating it following the impressive turnout witnessed today," he stated.
Speaking further, the President said, before now, Third Estate had embarked on a lot of community support programmes in the area of drilling of boreholes, provision of books, furniture and blocks of classrooms in schools, adding that the group also sponsors Ramadan programmes in addition to providing mats and kettles in mosques across the Emirate.
On his part, the former Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on secondary Health, Dr Gambari Ibrahim, who is also the Medical Director of Khadijat Memorial Hospital, Ilorin, urged residents of the emirate to inculcate the habit of regular check-up to avoid calamity.
"These days, we consistently hear tales of people slumping and dying in the process. This is because of the stress we go through daily while others are suffering from one ailment or the other without knowing.
" It is important that people visit hospitals to be diagnosed at least twice a year. Today, most of the people we have attended to have diabetes while quite a number have high blood pressure.
One of the beneficiaries, who is the Iyaloja of the market, Hajia Afusat Dare appreciated Third Estate for the gesture, describing it as timely as traders hardly devote time to attend to their health.
"This programme has come at the right time because our people hardly have time to visit hospital to confirm their health status. They would rather devote such time to attend to their customers because the pressure is on us to provide food and other needs of our children," she said.
Similarly, another beneficiary, Mrs Muyibat Badmus soliu said, "It is cheering to known that Third Estate have the welfare of the people at heart and I urged other Organisations and the affluent in the society to replicate this free of health care programme in the state."

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