Johnstone Kpilaakaa, Jos.
The Amb. Odinaka Kingsley Obeta led Jos Block Malaria Project offers free medical treatment to over 1000 residents of the Jenta community in Jos North.
The outreach which held yesterday at the Ideal Private School, Jenta Adamu in collaboration with Jenta Reads Community Initiative had different people from the Jenta Community and environs trooping in to receive free medical treatment.
It would be recalled that earlier in April this year the Jos Block Malaria Project team choose Jenta Mangoro out of three nominated communities for its 2019 project. The community which was chosen on the basis of its poor social amenities especially health care with no single primary health center in the community also has poor waste management which is also a concern to malaria control and prevention.
The 2019 project tagged ”Operation Keep Jenta Mangoro Clean and free from mosquitoes” comprised of a full scale sanitation in the community which took place on #WorldMalariaDay in April with over the support of over 400 volunteers and 25 partners. Later in May 2019, the Jos Block Malaria Project also collaborated with the Plateau state Medical students Association PLAMSA and Jenta Reads community Initiative to host the first medical outreach in the community were about 712 persons received access to health care. Just yesterday at the second medical outreach about 375 persons were also attended to hence bringing the total number of persons who have benefited from the 2019 medical outreaches to 1087 with over 300 eyes glasses dispensed courtesy of the Jenta Reads Partners.
According to the Coordinator of the project, Amb. Odinaka Kingsley Obeta who is currently a final year student of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Jos and an ambassador of the noble profession as award by AMLSN Plateau, the Block Malaria project is a Nation wide project and would be flagging off in Borno state before the year runs out. This he said is in line with the United Nations sustainable development goal 3 to provide good health and well-being amongst communities while leveraging on sustainable goal 17 partnership and collaboration and also goal 6 clean water and sanitation. While speaking, the ambassador mentioned that the Jos Block Malaria project this year has partnered with over 40 organizations and individuals and have also worked with over 500 young volunteers to execute it’s 2019 project, he also reinstated the commitment of his organization to partner with as many individuals and organizations willing to work on community based Malaria and general health projects.
The ambassador also called on the state and federal government alongside other well meaning Nigerians to come to the aide of the Jenta Mangoro community in regards to building a primary health center, providing good roads and water for members the community.
Highlight of the event was the special appreances of the Jenta Reads partners who flew in from Colorado USA just to be a part of the wonderful project.