The Second Chance Initiative (SCI), an NGO of Mrs Ladi Bala-Bantex, wife of Kaduna State Deputy Governor, has screened 300 people for eye related problems and donated 200 glasses to those with eye problems.
The deputy governor’s wife told the NIGERIA NEWS in Kaduna on Thursday that the programme was carried out in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of the State.
She added that the gesture, conducted in collaboration with Free Medical Outreach, an NGO, also offered a three days free medical services to the people of the area.
According to her, people who tested positive to various ailments were given drugs and other health tips as well as therapy for those suffering from stroke and all forms of back pain.
“Not only that, we equally enlightened the people on good nutrition practices for pregnant women and infant and young children; and good dietary habit for the elderly and the aged.
“We realised that children under-five years were malnourished not because there was no food but because most caregivers do not know how to prepare nutritious meals using available food items around them.
“We saw the need to encourage people to cultivate vegetable gardens around the house and use the fruits available in most of their backyards in feeding their children.
“The people equally cultivates groundnuts, beans and other crops, which a reasonable portion could be kept for feeding the family.”
She said that the free medical services was a continued exercise, targeting rural dwellers and the underprivilaged in communities in the state with a view to improving their quality of lives.
“Our main objective is to help them meet their basic needs and provide them with information that will help them live a quality life.
“Our focus is the girl child, the most vulnerable group in our societies who dropped out of school, the uneducated married women and single mothers, and youths who do drugs.
“The goal of Second Chance Initiative is to give these categories of people a second chance in life to do things differently and turn their lives around for good,” she said.