Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Jul 31, 2019
Rotary Club of Lagos Wes has once again, reached out to nursing mothers in Amowo Odofin Primary Health Centre in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
One-day old baby Ifechukwu Chimaobi, being weighed with the scale after it was officially handed over by the District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu to the Centre, on behalf of the club
Members of the club led by the club president, Vincent Okechukwu, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, visited the centre with neonatal kits which were distributed to the nursing mothers at the centre for free. The club also donated a weighing scale to the health centre.
The club president noted that this is not the first time the club will be giving out neonatal kits to pregnant women at the centre as the club seems to have taken the project a yearly practice. He assured the centre that the club will continue to see them as partners in progress while congratulating the mothers. “We pray that these babies will grow in good health”, he said.
The District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu who was on an official visit to the club, addressed the beneficiaries saying, “We don’t just give money to people, rather we try to lift people up by equipping them with necessary skills and instruments with which they can make money for themselves.
“Rotary’s approach is such that we first look at the situation of people and see how we can help them. Those who don’t have means of livelihood hood, we provide them with skills and tools to start up, and those who have but need support, we provide them with micro credit to support them”, he said.
“We derive joy in helping people and that is what makes life worth living. We know the government cannot do it alone, that is why where we come in to support the government”, the District Governor added.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Oluwole Busayo appreciated the club on behalf of the other beneficiaries. “I appreciate the club for their kind gesture and support to us. Last year, I didn’t benefit from the project because I got to the centre late. I am happy I came early today and am able to benefit from this project”, she said.
Also present at the donation were Olaniyan Adenike, the Assistant Director of Nursing Services and Dr. Sunday Orebiyi, the Medical Officer of Health for Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area who appreciated the club on behalf of the government.
After the donation exercise, the club members led DG Akeredolu and members of his entourage to the club meeting venue where 6 grinding machines and 2 sewing machines were donated to 8 indigent members of the community. The sum of N50, 000 was also granted as interest free micro credit loan to 4 beneficiaries.
16 Years Old Ifeanyi Osuofia, a candidate of the club emerged top during the District Rotary Youth Exchange Programme candidates screening. He is set to travel to California, U.S.A. in August for a period of one year academic programme.