By: Ekwi Ajide
Health they say is wealth little wonder the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, FCT Council, in conjunction with an Indian hospital organized a free Medicare for members to ensure that they all maintain a healthy outlook as they discharge their duties of informing the populace.

The medical outreach which dwelt on ascertaining Sugar Levels, Blood Count, Blood Pressure, Malaria and Eye Examination was well attended by enthusiastic members with their families.
Speaking in an interview, Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche said the exercise marked a starting point as it has never happened.
He expressed optimism that it will be sustained even 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.
The Chairman said economic empowerment is one very critical area that also engenders good health and for this, the council has floated  a co-operative society that will cater for the empowerment of its members as according to him, when people are empowered, they tend to fall ill less
He expressed optimism that all of the initiatives will assist deliver good health to journalists in the FCT adding that  though the free medical programme certainly incurred financial implications running into thousands, the actual emphasis was not on the monetary value but the health of members.
According to the Business Development coordinator of the hospital, Mr. Sam Echabor, the Community Social Responsibility gesture is just a means of giving back to the society so as to enable indigent citizens’ access quality healthcare at affordable prices.
Mr. Echabor, while promising that the gesture is a continuous one, said the hospital had in the recent past, partnered churches, corporate organisations and markets to see that quality healthcare gets to all the nooks and crannies of the federation.
Some members of the Union that spoke with the ABS including Lady UlomaOkorie, Comrades Gloria Josiah, and Emmanuel Tortiv described the free medical outreach as a move in the right direction, affirming that with a guaranteed good health, members will be able to work harder and add value to their work places as they cannot keep covering and talking about others without taking good care of themselves.

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