The organization have a team of medical personnel; including doctors, laboratory scientists, pharmacists, nurses, health workers, counsellors and volunteers, drawn from various health facilities (both government and private) who join hands with DBCO in her free medical programmes in urban and rural communities.
The medical programmes of DBCO are holistic. We do tests for genotype, blood group, retroviral screening, malaria parasite, urinalysis, random blood sugar (RBS), fasten blood sugar (FBS), PCV, eye test, free glasses, free drug administration, antenatal for pregnant mothers, etc. For retroviral screening, where positive cases are reported and other sensitive diagnosis, we do referral. When we get better funding, we shall engage in 1 to 2 weeks residential medical services in partnership with large health facilities. At that time, all health issues shall be handled, though referrals are inevitable.
Considering that free medical programmes are capital intensive, the organization shall continue to seek collaboration of stakeholders, state and central governments, corporate bodies, religious organizations, local and international donors to partner for a successful intervention. The organization is and shall continue to organize fund raising activities to fill the financial gaps.
Divine Benevolent Care Organization is currently seeking for local and international partners who will join hands to fund the building and establishment of a health facility (health centre) where her target population shall access free medical services to mitigate their health challenges.
Free medical programmes executed by DBCO
The organization held a large scale free medical programme in Yibama (Oruma) community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in Nigeria between Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2012. This was one of the communities overtaken by flood in 2012 during when flood overtook various states in Nigeria.
Another medical programme organized by DBCO on Friday 4 & Saturday 5th April 2014 was held in the organization’s host community (Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria) as part of her corporate social responsibility.
DBCO, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2015, as well, held one of her largest free medical programmes at St. Peters Primary School II, Omueke Community in Isiokpo, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Over 10 communities were mobilized to access medical examination and treatment during the programme.
As well, the organization, held a 6 days free medical programme between 5th and 10th June 2017 for children above 6 months and below 5 years to administer Vitamin A supplement 100,000 IU, Vitamin A supplement 200,000 IU and Albendazole in 17 communities in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Over 5,000 children were reached during the programme.
Other medical programmes organized by the organization include that held on Saturday 3rd December 2011; Wednesday 12th December 2012 and Saturday 17th December 2016; in Bodo-City, Gokana LGA, Diobu in Port Harcourt LGA and Eeken Town in Khana LGA respectively; all in Rivers State, Nigeria.