U.S-based foundation targets 2,000 Nigerians for medical benefits


No fewer than 2,000 underprivileged Nigerians are expected to benefit from the 2019 free medical outreach of the Nigerian Health Foundation (NHF) coming up in July, according to the organisers.

Founder of the United States-based non-governmental charity, Dr Iwuozo Obilo, disclosed this at a fundraising dinner for the programme in New Jersey on Saturday night.

Obilo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the outreach had recorded no fewer than 20,000 beneficiaries, especially in rural communities of Imo and Lagos states, since its inception in 2005.

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He said the NHF was established to improve health and welfare conditions in rural Nigeria with limited access to basic necessities such as healthcare.

As always, the 14th edition of the Mission Trips coming up between July 6 and 20, will feature the donation of medical supplies to the targets, according to him.

It will gulp an estimated 50,000 U.S. dollars (N15 million), according to the foundation in a presentation to guests at the event.

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Obilo, a pediatrician at the Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey, said the programme also included financial empowerment of widows and award of scholarships to indigent students.

Looking back at the last 14 years of the outreach, he identified one of its major challenges as superstition and wrong information about healthcare among the people.

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