Good health and well-being remain absolutely a major UN (United Nations) sustainable development goal, and all member-country governments should be seen to do all within their power to provide a qualitative and quantitative health care services system for all of her citizens.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare delivery systems of all nations were strained and fractured to the very foundations, accompanied by negative impacts of the pandemic on the global economy. Africa and Nigeria were not spared of the far-reaching consequences of the pandemic, such of COVID-19 magnitude.

Rising inflation indexes made the price of health care increasingly unaffordable for many in Nigeria. Thus, denial became a necessary tool for survival. Many would rather deny the presence of an illness or the need for routine medical screening. Having at least one meal is usually an easier and “cheaper” decision to seeking healthcare in a highly scarce resource economy. Healthcare certainly costs a fortune for the teeming lower- and middle-class population.

Therefore, having multitudes living with terrible complication of illnesses, which could have been remedied with a simple treatment at the early onset of the disease process, is a common sight. It is common to witness persons with grade 3 hypertension (most dangerous form with higher risks of stroke, as an example) coming to know of their medical status for the very first time at outreaches.

Undeniably, there was no better time for Egbe year 2022 medical outreach, held from 27th to 30th of January, 2022. It kicked off on the 27th of January at about 2pm on the premises of 2nd EWCA Church Egbe. It was held at this same venue on the 28th, beginning at 8 am to 7 pm in the evening. The train moved on to a different location, the premises of 1st ECWA Church Egbe, for the last two days of the four-day cost-free medical outreach. It was free of charge and opened to all members of the public, regardless of tribe, class, religion, or political inclination. The outreach was undoubtedly timely.

The outreach was supported by staffs of ECWA Hospital Egbe, volunteers from ECWA College of Nursing and Midwifery (ECONAM), including students of the college. Well over 500 individuals were attended to with services ranging from free eye screening, blood pressure check, free HIV and AIDS screening, to provision of antimalarial medications, dental care, and referral services. All were provided by a dynamic team of professionals, including retired health practitioners.

Mr. Bakare Peter (Clinical instructor at ECONAM)