21st March, 2012
At least, 2,000 Lagosians have undergone free medical screening at Abule Egba area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
The free screening was organized by the Overcomers Prayer Assembly founded by the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian Religious Matters, Dr. Sam Ogedengbe in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
Various ailments such as HIV/AIDs, bad eyesight, diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer and other general diseases were screened.
According to Ogedengbe, the free medical services was in consonance with the Biblical injunction that a healthy mind is a happy mind.
He pointed out that it was only when the society is healthy that the church could be firmly established and that the congregation would be at ease to pray fervently and conscientiously.
The cleric maintained that the free medical programme had become an annual event, especially during the annual celebration of the church’s anniversary which, according to him, would afford members the opportunity to ascertain their health status and keep them in safe condition before, during and after the celebration.
Pastor Obie Emodi, of God’s Compassionate Ministry, Ago~Okota, Lagos, explained that the step taken by the Overcomers Church was in the right direction.
“This is a good step which, if generally imbibed by all and sundry would assist in preventing avoidable sudden death of our people.
“I can assure you that the free medical service would enable all people battling with one ailment or another to earnestly rise up and seek the required solution whenever diagnosed to have any ailment especially without paying a dime,” she said.
The National Treasurer of the Church, Rachael Aribidesi, explained that the free medical treatment was an avenue by the church to touch the lives of people, especially those that could not afford exorbitant bill for medical treatment in private hospitals.
She appealed to the residents of Lagos State to seize the opportunity and check themselves medically free of charge and said no matter their religion, the treatment was open to everybody.