Ado-Ekiti- The Governor of the Lions Club International, District 404 B2, Chief Samuel Ayobola, has disclosed that the Club has set aside a sum of N27 million to combat measles in the southwest region of the Country.
Ayobola who said this in Ado Ekiti on Friday also berated those hiding under the guise of cattle rearing to kill innocent Nigerians, describing the killings as not only senseless but criminal and
Speaking at a press conference heralding the commencement of the district’s convention tagged: Ekiti Kete: ‘Serving the world in harmony’, Ayobola disclosed that the club is entering into partnership
with the national primary health care development agency in the six states of the region to drive the programme.
He said the organization will partner with all the governments of Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo states to draw personnel that will prosecute the programme and to conduct wide advocacy campaign to sensitize the populace ahead of time.
Ayobola disclosed that the medical intervention programme will commence March 1, 2018, across the benefiting states.
“The medical interventions is part of our social responsibilities to fight poverty and child mortality that is rampant in many of our states”, he said.
On the killings in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa States, Ayobola urged the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities by bringing the perpetrators to book.
“We are still studying the statistics of those that died and those that were displaced to be able to know where to intervene in terms of provision of relief materials”, he said.
Reviewing the 2017 contributions of the club, Ayobola disclosed that 6,000 youths were empowered in the year through vocational skills and
financial backings to generate employment.
“Also, 3,000 people benefited from the free eye services in that year where 1,600 people got free eyeglasses for various eye defects from our medical intervention schemes.
“We also organised HIV/AIDS awareness rallies in some states as sensitization efforts apart from bringing in experts to conduct free diabetes diagnosis on the people, under this 2,000 were screened and presented with drugs. Those whose cases had worsened and referred for better medical care were also supported”, he said.
He added that the essence of the convention was for the club members to upscale their knowledge about the organization and flag off campaign activities for districts where officers have served out their terms.