US-based epidemiologist backs govt effort with free medical outreach in Edo

In his effort to ensure that citizens of Edo State get the needed medical attention, a United States-based epidemiologist, Emmanuel Osemota, organised a free medical outreach to about 200 residents of Okhoromi community in Benin City, the state capital, on Saturday.

The outreach is being carried out under the Emmanuel Osemota Foundation, which has given free medical treatment to over 1,500 people in the last four years in Benin.

The beneficiaries, among other things, had their blood samples tested for sugar levels, underwent blood pressure and eye tests, and were given medication to help treat ailments they were battling with.

In a message to the PUNCH on Sunday, Osenota said the foundation is bent on delivering effective healthcare solutions to underserved communities in developing nations.

He said, “For about two decades, the Emmanuel Osemota Foundation has been tackling pressing medical disparities in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, Edo State, Nigeria, using grassroots tactics.

“This 2023 medical outreach is the fourth consecutive edition and we have impacted over 1,500 people so far. We plan to continue this outreach for many years. We intend to help bring down the medical crisis in three to four years if all indices of the government come true because we are supplementing government efforts.

“As a non-governmental organisation registered in both the United States and Nigeria, EOF has successfully implemented outcome-oriented strategies to promote healthy living, combat diseases, and establish meaningful relationships with low-income communities which crave authentic communication.”

With his expertise in epidemiology, Osemota combines practical insights with interpersonal skills to deliver empathetic and impactful on-the-ground strategies that protect young children, invest in their potential and foster long-term empowerment among vulnerable populations.

He added, “A troubling lack of access to reliable healthcare lies at the core of numerous social issues. Even when medical treatment is available, ineffective communication strategies often prevent at-risk individuals from seeking the help they need.”

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