Guinness Nigeria has empowered the National Youth Service Corps Rural Dwellers’ Health Initiative through the provision of essential medicines.These drugs were formally handed over to the NYSC at a flag-off ceremony, which held in Olorunda Local Council Development Area in Badagry, Lagos State.
The Rural Dwellers’ Health Initiative provides a unique platform for corps members who are medical professionals - Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Medical Laboratory Scientists - to provide free healthcare services to Nigerians living in remote, rural communities.
Speaking at the event, Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, underlined the need to make quality healthcare accessible to all Nigerians, especially people living in hard-to-reach rural communities. He also commended Guinness Nigeria for the timely and auspicious donation.
“We appreciate Guinness Nigeria for this laudable effort. There is no doubt that the donation will go a long in enhancing the quality of care which corps members will deliver to beneficiaries of this initiative,” he said.
Guinness Nigeria’s Corporate Relations Director, Mr. Sesan Sobowale noted that the donation is in keeping with Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to creating thriving communities across the country.Mr. Sobowale who was represented by the company’s Sustainable Development Manager, Mr. Osita Abana, also commended the NYSC for providing a platform where rural dwellers are able to access quality healthcare at no cost.
“This Rural Dwellers’ Health Initiative is indeed a laudable programme. We recognise that it will help improve the health and wellbeing of many Nigerians.We are therefore pleased to support the NYSC as it flags off the programme today,” Abana said.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Michael Daodu, urged residents of the community to take advantage of the week-long medical intervention by visiting consultation centres for free treatment.
The highlight of the ceremony was the commissioning of medical facilities put in place to ensure the success of the programme. The Rural Dwellers’ Health Initiativeis already making notable progress with its launch across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Guinness Nigeria Plc was established in 1950, making it one of the oldest companies in Nigeria. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1965, and with a shareholder base of over 75,000 shareholders, it is also one of the foremost quoted companies in Nigeria. The company built its first brewery in Ikeja in 1962, and currently has facilities in Ogba, Benin City and Aba. Included in its portfolio are such acclaimed brands - Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness, Harp Lager beer, Orijin Bitters, Orijin Ready-to-Drink, Smirnoff Ice, Satzenbrau, Dubic Lager Beer, and Dubic Malt.