By Chinyere Ogbonna – A major Electricity Distribution Company in Nigeria, Ikeja Electric in collaboration with XT Monitor have ended a two-day free healthcare outreach to its numerous consumers in Oshodi-Isolo and Egbeda area of Lagos.
Participants were screened for various ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria. The exercise was carried out by a team of medical experts from the United on health mission to Nigeria.
According to the Business Manager Isolo Business Unit, Mrs. Iniobong Ezikiel, the whole essence of the exercise was to reach out to electricity consumers in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area and Egbeda in Alimosho Council in specific health related issues which according to her, have become a national health concern.
Speaking on why it chose a health-related programme since Ikeja Electric is not in the health sector, Mrs. Iniobong said aside from being in the power sector, the company was also into safety adding that health in itself is also safety. She explained that the company also had a responsibility to also do community based programmes to let the people know that they care about them outside of them having to pay for power.
The Managing Director XT Monitor Limited, Mr. Kayode Adeotun, whose company consults for Ikeja Electric in improving how they operate in the market place, explained that the health of the consumers is paramount and for anybody to be able to take up a company’s service. Mr. Adeotum added that engagement and advocacy was pretty important for any organisation to thrive.
He noted that there was apathy between the consumers and electricity companies, on that note, he said” there was every need to prove a point to them that they cared about their consumers. Beneficiaries of the health outreach were screened for various ailments and given medications to address their particular medical conditions and advised to follow-up with their personal physicians afterwards.
Some of the beneficiary who never knew that they were living with medical conditions such as high blood pressure and expressed profound appreciation to them for putting the exercise together. He explained that there were plans to make the programme an annual ritual.
According to Mrs. Ezikiel, health outreach is targeted at about two thousand beneficiaries.
The theme for the outreach is “We care about your health.”