Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This is the definition given by the World Health Organisation, and in light of this, the Trauma Care International Foundation of the Healing School periodically organises the ‘Health for All’ program – a special forum for health education and promoting healthy lifestyles in selected local communities.
One of the communities that have benefited from this program is the Agbado Okeodo Local Council Development Area in Lagos State, Nigeria. This ‘Health for All’ program had over a hundred people who were screened for hypertension, diabetes mellitus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection; they had their blood pressure and blood sugar level checked, coupled with counselling sessions on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). All screening tests were carried out at no cost to the residents.
Participants were also advised on the right steps to take to foster the prevention and management of diabetes, hypertension and obesity. They also received counsel on the benefits of exercise and good nutrition. Following the consultation with medical personnel, many were given free medications from TCIF, and where necessary, referrals were made to government hospitals for continued care.
On behalf of his constituents, the Chairman of the Local Council Development Area, Dr Augustine Arogundade, expressed his appreciation to the NGO for the effort to improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries of the Health for All program.