Group wants more private sector investment to achieve MDGs

Real Visionaries, a health based NGO says private investment is needed for the realisation of the MDG.

Real Visionaries, a health-based nongovernmental organization that offers free medical services has called on NGOs, corporate bodies and individuals to invest in the health sector so Nigeria can meet the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, targets by 2015.

The deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, is barely 485 days away, and Nigeria still lags behind on the eight components that make up the goals.

The President/National Coordinator of Real Visionaries Initiative, Peter Ogunnubi, during a free medical outreach in Oworonshoki, a suburb of Lagos on Saturday, said Nigerians should not overly depend on the government.

Many beneficiaries of the free screening were ignorant of their health status prior to the medical outreach.

A beneficiary who identified herself as Mrs Adesina -a trader, found out that she had high blood pressure.

The trader said she had never undergone any medical screening adding that she was grateful for the knowledge.

The president of Ideal Habitat Initiatives, Gbenga Nubi, a co-sponsor of the outreach said the gesture is geared towards ensuring sustainable and affordable shelter and health to all Nigerians.

He appealed to wealthy Nigerians to use their financial resources to assist the poor.

According to Mr. Ogunnubi, there will be more of such outreaches every month and it will be taken to every parts of Lagos state.

Mr. Ogunnubi pleaded with Nigerians to take their health more seriously and seek early intervention and urged the Federal Government to increase budgetary allocation to health.

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