No fewer than 300 people Tuesday benefited from free testing for COVID-19 and HIV as the Ogbomoso First Community Initiative, O-First Group, began a week-long medical outreach.
The gesture is a core mandate of the group to reach out to the poor and vulnerable segment of the society.
President O-First Group, Sir Olusegun Adekunle disclosed that an estimated 3,000 people are expected to benefit from the various medical screening and counselling mounted by the group in collaboration with the Second Chance Smile Global Foundation and the Ajagbe-Ajala Legacy.
“The primary objective of the Med-Dental Outreach is to provide free-of-charge, eye tests, issuance of eye glasses, dental extraction, medical tests, medical consultation, treatment and counseling to about three thousand indigent, weak and vulnerable persons across all demographics and both genders in Ogbomoso,” said Adekunle.
The group had earlier established the Behavioural Action Care Centre at Oke-Osuru, Ogbomoso, to rehabilitate people who abuse drugs, especially the young people. It is essentially a correction centre that seeks to mould behaviour in an anonymous manner. The strategy is to down-play the stigma often associated with those who abuse drugs and are isolated for revival and re-integration to the society.
The centre has among other facilities a counseling room, intelligence room, waiting area, group discussion room, a residential area and toilet facilities. It is adequately furnished and made habitable.
O-First Group is committed to combat drug abuse, youth unemployment, insecurity and heightened crime rate within the society.