By Samsideen Ceesay
A community based Youth Organisation for Nema Development in partnership with Your Change For a Change (YCFaC) over the weekend conducted free medical check-ups for the people of Nema and its surrounding villages.
The initiative was a community driven program, spearheaded by Youth Organisation for Nema Development, and it provides free medical test for diabetes, family planning, eye care service, and others.
Speaking at the event, the acting secretary general of the organisation, Baboucarr Kebbeh, said: “The motive behind the health fair is to support community health care. Most of the participants will tell you they have the issue of high-blood pressure, high sugar level of diabetes as well as eye problem. These are key things that are very fundamental in the life of every human being.
“We provide funding for the health fair to ensure that people are screen for diabetes, high-blood pressure and eye-care service for the people”.
He added: “This is an opportunity to bring most of those people who could not walk or are not willing to go that far into neighboring villages or towns to receive proper health care.
“This is the first time the organisation is embarking on such for the people of Nema. We will also have their feedback as to how this free medical test improves their health status,” he added.
Dr Modou Bella Jallow, the country director, YCFaC, said the organisation was founded to render health services to communities.
In terms of their partnerships with Neam, he stated: “Despite being the biggest settlement, we don’t have a health facility in Nema. So screening diabetes, high-blood pressure and others will go a long way in reaching out to people so they know more in regards to their health status.”