DOAM FOUNDATION REVIVES THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
A VIEW OF THE SCHOOL SICKBAY
In Nigeria, the rate of child mortality is high especially with students and pupils within the public school premises were they spend considerable part of their life. These students are exposed to a variety of environmental, physical, emotional, social influences and hazards including; physical injury, infections, accidents, and emotional problems, etc. Due to lack of healthcare facilities, this has contributed significantly to the poor health and educational performance of students. Unfortunately majority of the public schools lack these healthcare infrastructures.
In a bid to ameliorate the dangers above, DOAM Foundation in partnership with Total E & P Nigeria supported by Niger Biscuit Company Limited, Mouka Foam Limited, Beloxxi Industries Limited and MTN Nigeria organized a school health program which was tagged “Health is Wealth”, held October 16, 2014.
To educate the students and pupils on how to leave healthy and safely within their environment various speakers such as the Educational Secretary Eti-Osa LGA, Mr. Taiwo Lukmon; The Chief Medical Director, Eti- Osa LGA represented by Mrs. Eisanmi and Bolaji(Officers in charge of Gbara Health Facility), Eti-Osa Desk Officer school health programme, Mrs. Joseph; Total E & P Nigeria Health Safety Environment officer, Mrs. Nnnenna Ofule and Health Nurse, Ngozi Okereke. Others present were the Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications Total E& P Nigeria Mrs. Nkoyo Attah ably represented by Mrs. Irene Iyoha, Mr. Godwin Grace, The Principal, Gbara Community Senior Secondary school, Mr. Segun Ayantunji ably represented by Mrs. M.T.N Echefu, The Principal Gbara Community Junior Secondary School, Mrs. A.O. Fashola A.O ably represented Mrs. Akanbi and The Head Teacher, Maiyegun Primary School, Mrs. Jibirin.
While commending the NGO for embarking on the sickbay project, the Educational Secretary, Eti Osa LGA, stated that the Government alone could not solve all the existing health lapses within school environment. He stated that the sickbay is an important part of the school community and a valuable service to students, their parents, other users and the educational system which would help improve the community, state and nation at large and his office would do everything possible to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.
Mrs. Irene Iyoha representing the Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications Total E & P Nigeria expressed her happiness to DOAM Foundation for making judicious use of the donation received earlier in year from Total E & p Nigeria. It is line with this performance that our company, Total has decided to partner with the Foundation on this laudable initiative. Total Upstream Companies Nigeria looks forward to a continuous working relationship with DOAM Foundation.
The Programme Manager, DOAMF, Mrs. Clare Henshaw emphasized the importance of a functional healthcare system as a component of primary health care in the overall development of children and the citizenry of a nation cannot be over emphasized. She stated that the health is wealth program was tailored to address potential hazards, lack of proper healthcare systems for students and pupils within the schools environment. Such initiatitve she said would address the poor health care within the educational system. “ Although our aim was to directly address the health needs of over 2,500 pupils and students between the ages of 5 to 18 years in Maiyegun Primary School, Gbara Junior and Senior Community Secondary School, Jakande, Eti-osa Local Government Area(LGA) and by indirectly addressing the needs of over 500 adults in the society. Other schools that have benefitted from this program are: Dodan barracks Primary, Army Primary School, Aunty Ayo High School, Ijeh Obalende primary school.
Henshaw said the event revealed that the students were highly inquisitive and willing to learn as over 40 students received prize awards for the question and answer session and for being outstanding students in the classes among which are Raji Rahamon, Asukwo Alexandra, Eti Dorcas, Effiong Comfort, Dada Akinola, Ifeanyi Goodness, Ekpo Enenwa, Emmanuella David, Abah Patrick, Sanni Nofisat, John Damilare, Awere Karimot, Adebosin .O. Victoria, Matuloko Rita.
Henshaw said the Foundation had also embarked on other health project in the past, such as the healthy living program at Ikota community, Eti-Osa LGA with 1000 beneficiaries, de-worming of over 575 under five children at Ipakodo community, Ikorodu, community health program and nutritional support for 700 children in Ilaje community, as well as the provision of free medical treatment to children, youths and the aged in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State. Renovated and equipped the Mowe Primary Healthcare Centre as well as the Amaimo Primary Healthcare Centre in Ogun and Imo States respectively. The Foundation’s first accident & emergency centre was built in partnership with Diamond Bank plc along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State.
The Eti- Osa LGA Medical Director represented by Mrs. Eisanmi and Bolaji stated that they were going to ensure proper use of the centre and that they were happy to partner with the Foundation on a wonderful project as this.
The Primary School Head Teacher Mrs. Jibirin supported by the Vice prinicipal academy of the Gbara community secondary were indeed grateful to all stakeholders who made this possible.
The program ended with all students and pupils rejoicing on the new facility being received for their healthcare, that they did a drama and poem presentation to show their gratitude and appreciation for the project.
As the saying goes HEALTH IS WEALTH