Two medical missions were organized by the foundation in 2018
November 19, 2018 (Ewatto Village)
Approximately 120 people were screened for diabetes mellitus, hypertension and general health issues. Three-month supply of medications for diabetes and hypertension were provided to those that were known to have these diseases or those that screened positive for these diseas-es during the mission. Given everybody in attendance were local farmers, they all received pain medications, ointment for skin rash, eye drops and antibiotics as needed.
November 29, 2018 (Oza-Nogogo Village)
This medical mission was held in collaboration with the Oza-Nogogo Elite foundation (OEF) under the chairmanship of chief (Barr) Ben Oriahi as well as the National Association of optometrist, Delta State chapter. This was in conjunction with the maiden celebration of Oza-Nogogo cultural/thanksgiving Day held between on 29th November -2nd December 2018 at Oza- Nogogo Secondary Commercial School, Oza- Nogogo. Indigenes of Oza-Nogogo and other neighboring communities were in attendance in large number. As such 2018 medical mission was one of the most successful exercise since inception of the Foundation.
The medical mission was held in sections – General screening for hypertension and diabetes mellitus under direction of Dr. Amos Ekoh and Nurse Dora Orhuerata. About 1000 patients were screened and drugs were dispensed to every one of them as needed. Of the approximately 1000 patients screened for blood pressure and diabetes, four patients that were thought to have very severe form of the disease were identi-fied and referred for immediate emergency care by the Foundation’s Medical team. The second section was eye exams and provision of eye glasses. A good number of optometrists were on ground during the exercise. About 593 of the 1,250 people that were examined benefited from the program as they received eye glass and/or eye drops. Some patients were referred for further eye evaluation in the local hospital because of age (45) and other chronic eye conditions such as cataract/Glaucoma, etc. (67). A significant number of patients that were screened for blood pressure and diabetes mellitus also benefited from the glasses and eye drops. The eye glasses were provided free of charge by the COIMF through the generous support of our US based donors.
At the end of this medical mission, 10 patients (5 each with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension) were enrolled in our pilot program that will lead to possible inauguration of the Foundation Medication Dispensary program in Oza-Nogogo in Spring/summer 2019. These patients will have monthly follow-up with our medical team (Dr. Amos Ekoh and Nurse Dora Orhuerata) and will be receiving monthly supply of their medications as well as education on how to better manage their condition with basic lifestyle modification. Their progress will be document and tracked by the local medical team. The following US based donors are currently sponsoring 8 of the 10 patients.