The Ekiti State Coordinator for the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), Mrs Nwano Ukagha, has urged rural dwellers to feed more on fresh vegetables and fruits in order to stay healthy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ukagha gave the advice during the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, held at Ara-Ekiti, a community in Ikole Local Government Area on Tuesday.
She said that consumption of vegetables and fruits, which are readily available and cheaper to the rural people, would help them to naturally build their body system against diseases.
Ukagha said it had been scientifically proven that human beings get easily attacked by diseases through the kind of food they eat.
She urged rural dwellers, especially mothers, to abstain from eating too much processed foods.
“Vegetables and fruits are the best medicine to healthy living; our people, who live in the rural communities, should eat a lot of these fruits and vegetables.
“The Almighty God has blessed you with these natural resources; mothers, do not give your children noodles, feed them with enough fruits and vegetables.
“Have enough rest and drink a lot of water to replenish your strength whenever you are tired in order to stay healthy, “Ukagha said.
The NYSC coordinator said that the corps had to bring the health care services to the doorstep of the rural dwellers because they were the people who needed such health talk and care most.
She said, “Some of the people that need the health care services most may not be able to access it because of their poor financial status.
“That is why we, at NYSC, have chosen to bring it to your doorsteps through our Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers.”
NAN reports that apart from giving free health care services to the people living in Ara-Ekiti, wheelchairs were also donated to three physically-challenged students.
Giving out the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries on behalf of the Director-General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, Ukagha said the gesture was to ameliorate the suffering of the affected children.
She said,” The donation of the wheelchairs is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to show that it cares about her citizens.
“These wheelchairs will assist the movement of these children who cannot move on their own without the help of their parents and relatives.”
NAN reports that tests to determine the blood pressure and sugar level of willing persons in attendance were also carried out, while free medicines were donated to the sick. (NAN)