Over the weekend, Saturday 24th October,The Open Heart Samaritan Mission a.k.a The Good Samaritans, embarked on a humanitarian mission to Amukoko community, a Lagos suburb, for a free medical service to the indigent people of that area. The free medical services include: Health talk, eye check up, health status analysis, body system diagnosis, administration of deworming drugs for children, sugar level analysis and provision of free drugs
The Open Heart Samaritan Mission is a non- denominational, non-governmental and non-religious organization with a divine commission to propagate the virtue of love amongst humanity. The guiding principle of the organization is inspired from the exemplary lifestyle of care and concern for a fellow human being, as demonstrated by the biblical Good Samaritan. In pursuant of this noble ideal, the group engages in sundry selfless community services targeted largely to make life meaningful to the poor and the less privileged in our society. Since its inception, some few years ago, the group has touched thousands of lives across Lagos environs and beyond.
Speaking at the event, the president of the group, Pastor Favour Omomuwa, who was visibly elated at the massive turnout of people seeking medical care, said “We are thankful to God for the opportunity to render free medical services to this community. As you can see, this area is highly populated by the very poor people that cannot afford basic medical services, no wonder the rate of mortality here is on the extreme. We are doing this to pass a profound message across to everybody, that if we care for one another, sickness and poverty will vanished in our world.” Pastor Favour further lampooned the religious organizations who are supposed to be the bastion of hope and love for the poor, but rather chose to become profiteering enterprises. Hear him, “If the various rich churches and other religious organizations, that dot our social landscape, should build hospitals and provide free medical services for the poor, the spate of death in our society will be reduced to the barest minimum. But you see, we wouldn’t want to just criticize anybody. We want to set the pace in pragmatic selfless service, so that they would follow our lifestyle in executing the mandate of the biblical great commission- the advocacy of love to the world.” Pastor Favor further enjoined every individual and organizations, all over the world to emulate this lofty gesture.
The registration for the event started by 8am, while the exercise commenced at 10 am. The volunteer medical personnel: Doctors, Health workers, Optician and nurses were on ground to attend to the residents who thronged to the venue at 1, Adeponle Str,Amukoko, Lagos
VOC news sought the views of some of the people who came for the exercise. Monday Ovie expressed his gratitude to the Open Heart Samaritan Mission, for their free medical program. “This programme has helped me to know my health status. God will bless this people for their good heart”. Peter Opara said it was a good idea and opportunity for the community people to undergo the medical check-up , and he prayed that God would continue to strengthen the organization. Chidi Umeh was excited, and it was her first time to see such within her community. She blessed God for the good services rendered by the Open Heart Samaritan Mission.
The exercise ended at about 6pm, and a total of about 150 people living in this rural community in Amukoko, Lagos, received comprehensive free medical services. Many children were dewormed. Other went home with free drugs. Indeed, it was like “God” came in flesh to visit this Amukoko community dwellers. Lives were touched positively by the Good Samaritans. Also in attendance to show support and solidarity were other sister humanitarian organizations: Voice of Change Network International ably represented by the director of projects, Mr. Raphael Chukwuemeka and the Admin officer, Vera Ogazi. We Care Initiative and The African Mind, a youth empowerment group, in the Amukoko community, who supported invaluably in mobilizing people to attend the programme
To support the Open Heart Samaritan Mission, in outreaches like this, please contact
The president, on 08177518936