The Department of Public Health Science, Fountain University, Osogbo, has organised a medical outreach to Osaara, a community in Oke Osun, Osogbo, where the university is located. The outreach, which also doubled as part of practical activities required to expose the public health science students on how to conduct a community diagnosis, also served as a sensitisation tour to the community. The Outreach was done in conjunction with the Departments of Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science
While addressing the press after the programme, the Head of the Department, Mrs Kafayat Adegbore, said the outreach was one of the public health activities required for practical exposure and experience for the public health students. She stated that the programme was to teach the students on how to conduct a community diagnosis and design community directed interventions to address the identified health problems. She further explained that the annual medical outreach is also targeted towards sensitizing the target community on the need to be medically aware of their surroundings and health conditions which will, in turn, translate to a healthy and quality lifestyle.
Adegbore also averred that the sensitization exercise was also targeted at contributing to the achievement of goal 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In her words, she said, “We plan to carry out series of free tests that range from malaria parasite test, HIV test, Hepatitis B&C test, Urinalysis and Stool tests as part of our effort towards contributing to good health and wellbeing of our target community.”
While expressing their views on the exercise, two students of the department who were part of the programme spoke highly of their experience. Aborode Temitope Hassan, a 300 Level student of the department said “the medical outreach was an eye opening experience for all the students that participated as we all had a better understanding of what our field of study requires. The outing reiterated that we are to serve and improve the health of people.” He enjoyed their acceptability and the willingness of the community to participate in the programme. On her own part, Moshood Fathia Adebisi, another student who was also part of the outreach expressed her delight at the successful organization of the programme. She also praised the inter-departmental cooperation of the three departments involved in the programme.
Members of the Osara Community expressed their gratitude to the Department and the university for counting their community worthy of the sensitization programme.