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Old Folks Benefit From Free Medical Checkup

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By Elbie Sebleh

PAYNESVILLE: Dozens of old-folks in the Pipeline Community in Paynesville on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, benefited free medical checkups from the Word of Life International (WOLI), a Christian-based organization.

The free medical checkup was provided at WOLI School facility in the church building with over 35 persons participating in the initiative.

The initiative is in consonance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number four which concentrates on ending poverty and leaving no on behind.

The project targets old folks between the ages, sixty years and above, who are financially unable to carter to their needs and wants.

During the exercise, WOLI conducted medical diagnosing for the participants including high blood pressure (BP), malaria, pulse check, weight and temperature and later recommended to clinic for treatment.

The WOLI was established in 1998 with a branch in the United States and also obtained Consultative Status with the United Nations in 2018. The group aims at caring for the aged.

Its vision is ‘’ connecting all people with resources in order to restore community pride and encourage self-resilience’.

Since then, the WOLI has been accredited as International NGO by the Liberian Government and has been engaged in various programs in Liberia with funding from its USA Office.
Speaking in an interview at the initiative site, Rebecca K.G Nyamndo, WOLI Agent Focus Person for Liberia, said that the essence of the initiative is to care and provide for the old folks and elderly in terms of medical and food needs.

According to her, their concentration is to ensure that older folks from sixty years and above are well taken care of in the society in order to avoid discrimination and neglect.
‘’We are providing this opportunity to our elderly folks in the age of sixty and above. We are doing this to help those that need medical attention but financially incapacities. Beneficiaries here are from the community and the church.

Speaking to one of the beneficiaries, old-ma Deddeh Vahweh, extolled WOLI for the gesture, terming it as lifesaving and rewarding.

‘’ This checkup has made us to know that we are moving around but sick. I was checked today. They did my blood test, weight and malaria. I want to tell WOLI thank you but wish they add the medication to it to help us,’’ she noted.

Also speaking separately at the occasion, old-man Momo Peter and Mother Patience Paygar expressed excitements and urged that the government of Liberia to buttress the effort of the church.

‘’ We thank God for this opportunity. We have been sick but because we don’t have money to go to hospital or clinic, so this has been eating us up. Today, we are checked freely and given recommended medications. We want the Government to help give us medications because to even buy the drugs, we don’t have money,’’ the beneficiaries said.

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