OVL Foundation, a non-government organization who in recent times has been identified with providing widows, women and other less privilege people in the society with various empowerment programs on Thursday organized free medical check-ups for widows and market women, including distribution of drugs.
At a special concert and outreach program for widows, women and the less privilege in the society at the Multipurpose Hall C of the University of Lagos, Executive Director of the Foundation, victor Laniyan, said, God inspired him to establish the foundation, adding that it is meant to help women, especially widows and the less privilege.
He said: “Today we are remembering women, and decided to help women, who are in need in our society. I want to encourage women whether married, single, and young girls that there is hope for them. Widows should not give up irrespective of what they go through”.
“It may be a big deal for them to go to the hospital for treatments, hence the reason we decided to bring along the medical doctors and nurses who will help to diagnose them and give medications as required. As for critical cases, a referral letter would be given to such patients to the nearest government health facilities where they would be treated,” He added.
He said the foundation was set up to empower women, especially widows in Nigeria, explaining that the Foundation has also in the past provided widows and women some skills on how to fish and be independent on their own.
On the agenda of the foundation, Laniyan disclosed that the OVL Foundation has an agenda geared towards women empowerment, in the form of skills acquisition and financial assistance; health intervention.
“We go round Nigeria to help the underprivileged widow in the society and today we are at UNILAG. Specifically to give praise to God, and while doing that, we’re also helping the widows and the less privileged by providing medical assistance which would have cost them a fortune if they were to go to hospitals.”
A member of the medical team at the screening who simply identified herself as Bukola, said those who participated in the screening and were diagnosed with different ailments have been given professional advice while those with minor cases were provided with drugs.
She said: “We check their glucose levels as many of them are hypertensive and diabetic; we advise them to visit hospitals for medical checkups because the major health challenge we have in Nigerian is that many people do not visit hospital for medical checkups until they at the point of death”.
Responding one of the widows, Mrs. Ronke Ibirogba, said since her husband died in 2013, leaving her with 10 children to cater for alone, she has been moving from one relative to another, begging for alms.
According to her OVL Foundation has put smiles on the faces of many widows with the various skills acquisition programs, stressing that the free medical check-ups have also helped a lot as many could not afford the huge hospital bills.