Nigeria Labor Congress,
partnership with the International Labor Organization, on Saturday offered free medical services to residents of Ndakwo community, adjacent to Sunny Vale, Abuja.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba told reporters that the essence of outreach is to give back to society and take on some of the social responsibility of the congress.
Represented by Deborah Yusuf, President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, FCT Chapter, Wabba said the outreach was FCT’s fifth.
He said, “NLC replaces Nigerian workers, then in collaboration with the ILO, this is a special outreach; this is the fifth time we have organized community outreach activities, it is about giving back to society.
“It’s part of our corporate social responsibilities. We have workers everywhere, we try to give back to them, including their loved ones.
“This awareness is very important and it is happening at this particular time not because of anything, but we have learned that people really need medical assistance.”
Wabba said they have several HIV/AIDS registration and testing stations, adding that it is important that people know their HIV status.
He added that the group also educates people to know their HIV status, HIV-negative or HIV-positive, and to know that being HIV-positive is not a death sentence.
According to him, if someone tests positive, NLC will take the person to a referral center and follow up so that the person is placed on drugs and the necessary investigations.