Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Council conducts free medical checks for journalist

FCT chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists recently carried out free medical examinations on member to ensure their wellbeing while in the discharge their duties.

The medical outreach held at the newly built Secretariat in Utako, was facilitated by the council in collaboration with Primus International Super Specialty Hospital, Abuja.

Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, expressed optimism that the exercise which marks a starting point in the life of the council will be sustained beyond his tenure with frequent endeavours beyond the one year cycle the council has initiated.

He said besides the regular check-up that is mandatory for the healthy living of members, his administration intends to introduce a monthly exercise regime with  better empowerment of the members as all-encompassing measures aimed at keeping them healthy.

“You know economic empowerment is one very critical area that also engenders good health. We have Co-operative Society we want to see how we can make that Co-operative Society work because when people are empowered, they tend to fall ill less and so we are optimistic that all of this initiatives when we put them together, we will be able to deliver good health to journalists in FCT.”

Ogbeche said though the free medical programme came with some financial implications running into thousands, the actual emphasis was not on the monetary value, but the health of members.

One of the members of the Union from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Chapel, Comrade Eneh Nkechinyere, described the free medical outreach as ‘awesome and amazing.’

While called on the Chairman and his team to keep the tempo up, noting that with a guaranteed good health, members will be able to work harder and add value to their work places.

Tests were carried out on Sugar Levels, Blood Count, Blood Pressure, Malaria and Eye Examination.



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