UNIFEMGA, Muslims In Diaspora organise free treatment for over 1000 patients in Nigeria
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, April 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A total of over 1000 patients are expected to benefit from the free medical treatment in the maiden medical mission of the National Council of Nigeria Muslim Organisations USA (NCNMO)
The programme is in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) in Ile-Ife and its environs in the western part of Nigeria from April 13 to 16.
A statement from the organisers jointly signed by, Abdulfattah Olanlege (UNIFEMGA) and Dr Musodiq Bello (NCNMO) stated that the programme began on March 30 with eye screening for over 220 patients in preparation for 45 cataract surgeries during the period.
The statement added that a five-member NCNMO led by Dr Fatai Ilupeju, an anaesthesiologist in Westwood, Massachusetts affiliated with Boston Medical Centre will work alongside UNIFEMGA team led by Dr Fatimat Akinlusi, a Consultant Gynaecologist and other volunteers to provide free medical services to people in Ile-Ife and its environs.
The mission, according to the statement will be declared open at OAU Health Centre by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Eyitayo Ogunbodede. Others to grace the event include Alhaji Waheed Odeyimka, UNIFEMGA National President and Prof. Abubakar Sanusi, medical doctor and Imam of OAU Mosque.
Also expected at the event are the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Nigerian President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman BOT of UNIFEMGA, Alhaji Rafiu Ebiti among others.
Other highlights of the programme include health talks, dental clinics and general medical check-ups.
It will be recalled that the medical mission was an offshoot of the collaboration between the NCNMO and UNIFEMGA during 2018 reunion of UNIFEMGA in Ile-Ife where Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa gave the keynote address.
The collaborative relationship between NCNMO and UNIFEMGA centred on three areas of common interest which include health, family matters and education .
NCNMO is a council of 28 Nigerian Muslim organizations while UNIFEMGA is the body of Muslim Graduates from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria..