By Gloria Nwafor
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), a charitable non-profit organisation, Mzuzah Africa, has championed the cause for the less privileged, through its health initiative programme for the hearing-impaired pupils of Wesley School, Lagos.
In an outreach programme, led by the Mzuzah CSR team, Ortega Ogomigo and Afeez Abiodun, carried out a primary health intervention, aimed at assessing the oral and medical status of the pupils.
The activities carried out included an oral examination, physical body examination, Body Mass Index (BMI) check-up, oral cleansing and general health education.
The children were also taught how to brush their teeth effectively.
While pledging to follow up on the school to ensure continuity of the intervention, Abiodun, who congratulated the volunteers, partners, medical doctors, dental surgeons and teachers of Wesley schools for successful outreach, said the intervention was about breaking inequalities and restoring hope in African communities.
To execute the basic health programme, the group led a team of 40 volunteers made up of medical doctors, dental surgeons from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH); nursing, medical and dental students from Lagos State University College Of Medicine (LASUCOM).
Emuze Osaetin, a medical volunteer, who could easily communicate with the pupils with sign language said: “Mzuzah outreach in Wesley schools is new and good for the deaf community and people should be more informed about sign language because the hearing impaired are also a part of our society.”