As a way of giving back to the society and to continue its philanthropic gesture through provision of healthcare services, Edet Amana Foundation, a charity organization with a mission to raise the standard of living of underserved people and communities in Oron Nation and Nigeria at large, in partnership with Pro-Health International and Prof. Chris & Dr Jane Ekong Foundation hosted the 2019 edition of its annual Oron Medical Outreach Programme (Oro -MedOR).
Oron Medical Outreach Programme (Oro -MedOR) which is in its 7th year was held on Monday, 30th December 2019 at Central Methodist Primary School, Oyubia, Ureffong Oruko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. It focuses on health development-education, research, and consultation, distribution of medication and offering of treatment/counselling for healthy living.
The Founder of EDAF, Sir (Dr.) Edet James Amana (OON), while speaking with the press, stated that in seven years, the organization has reached out to over 7,000 people who were beneficiaries of EDAF’s free annual Oron Medical Outreach Programme Oro – MedOR around the Oron axis of the State.
‘’I’ve always had a passion to use what God has bestowed in me to bless other people. I love to see people live a healthy lifestyle, hence my decision to start the Edet Amana foundation. We chose to bring this initiative to the rural area because we realized that they lacked proper access to healthcare facilities within the locality’’, Sir Amana, said.
The executive director of Pro-Health International, Dr Iko Ibanga (OON), also reaffirmed his organisation’s commitment to continue to partner with the Edet Amana foundation for the yearly health outreach program in Oron. “Working with Edet Amana foundation has been awesome. It has allowed me to use my skills to offer care to those in need of health care”, Ibanga revealed.
Also available to lend their hand of support to the outreach were teams of Doctors and other medical experts, and volunteers including Miss United States of America 2018, Ms Andromeda Peters, who assisted in the administration of drugs and check-ups to the beneficiaries. “Volunteering has been a part of my life for a long time. My major concern has always been towards health and wellbeing”, Andromeda said.
Oro -MedOR screened patients for HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, blood diagnostic test for malaria, hypertension, diabetes, as well as oral, ears and eyes examination. It also offered counselling in adolescent reproductive health and education on water-borne diseases.
The target beneficiaries who included aged women/men, young adults, and children, as some of them poured encomiums on Sir Edet Amana and his team for their consistent benevolence to the indigenes of the Oro nation.