By Meshack Idehen
In furtherance of its commitment to make life better for the people of Nigeria and Africa in general, the Jelani Aliyu Foundation has launched the Rural Health Connect Initiative aimed at bringing volunteer health care professionals to rural communities in need.
Founded by world acclaimed automotive designer and Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu (MFR) and launched in December 2018 at Dogondaji, the birthplace of the founder’s parents in Sokoto State, North West Nigeria, the programme will also reach other towns and communities, including Kurya, Nabaguda, Madara and Sabawa.
The laudable initiative, it was gathered, will also be extended to other parts of Sokoto and neighboring state like Kebbi, and will connect thousands of people, particularly rural residents with quality volunteer healthcare professionals.
Founder of the Rural Health Connect Initiative, Jelani Aliyu (MFR), said the initiative is characterized by an off road, go anywhere mobile medical platform which is optimized for traversing rough terrain to get to communities in very remote areas in the state and beyond.
He said the programme is configured to be a transportation and operational support platform for the volunteer’s doctors, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.
According to the Founder, this first mission would provide general outreach to a targeted one thousand beneficiaries, with special additional attention to pregnant women, and will consist of a team of nine doctors and gynecologists, three dentists, seven nurses, bio medical laboratory technicians, pharmacists and six medical students.
The medical team, it was gathered, will also carry out diagnosis; give out free medications and advice on general and specific cases.
“This initiative provides an opportunity for committed doctors, nurses and health professionals to help in making a difference to their communities”, the medical outreach programme founder said.
The Founder, Jelani Aliyu (MFR), it should be recalled, is an internationally recognized automotive designer who designed the Chevrolet Volt Electric Car for General Motors, but is currently back in Nigeria to help support the development of that nation’s automotive sector as the Director General of NADDC.
The Foundation believes that everyone must come together to play individual roles that will help usher in a bright new Nigeria of incredible achievements, a new nation of abundance, peace and prosperity, and a new Nigeria where the problems we now face would be relegated to the pages of history.