Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
Corps members serving in Ibadan on Thursday offered scholarship to a physically challenged primary school pupil, Aishat Maroof, during the presentation of wheelchairs to three physically challenged persons by the National Youth Service Corps.
The beneficiaries of the scheme were Maroof, Steve Okejide and Omolara Adebusayo. Coordinator of NYSC in Oyo State, Mrs. Ifeoma Anidobi, said the initiative was part of the NYSC’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, designed to bring quality health care services to less- privileged people.
Miss Bukola Olayode, who spoke on behalf of the corps members, said Maroof was chosen because of the need to ensure that her education did not end for want of funds. She added that an arrangement was already in place with the NYSC to ensure that the scholarship is awarded to Maroof.
While presenting the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries, Anidobi said, “HIRD was established to diagnose and treat rural people in selected communities, provide first aid services for minor and peculiar ailments and to provide free screening services for HIV, hepatitis, sickle cell anaemia and other diseases.
Anidobi said, “To make the programme achieve its full objectives, various stakeholders in the health sector, corporate entities, non-governmental organisations, global agencies, such as the World Health Organisation, United Nations Children’s Fund and regional bodies, such as the United States Agency for International Development, were contacted to assist and collaborate with the scheme in areas of drug donation, enlightenment talks and rural health shows.
“To add more value to our society and to improve the health welfare of concerned citizens, the present Director-General of the scheme, Brig.- Gen. Sule Kazaure, decided to bring health relief to the residents of Ibadan South East Local Government and directed that three sets of wheelchairs be distributed to physically challenged pupils.”
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