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Health

OUR MISSION:
1. To promote physical, mental and spiritual well being for members of the congregation through our activities – which include disease preventive education to different age groups and genders. Screening and counseling members for potentially fatal diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, HIV and AIDS, glaucoma, etc among members. Treating ill members in the church clinic and referring to appropriate specialist as the case may be.

2. Through our outreach activities, care for the lost souls by administering to the healthcare needs of the rural populace, and in the process, win them for Christ.

OUR VISION:
To help members of the church to help themselves avoid preventable diseases through healthy living.
To educate members of the church about harmful health practices.
To extend our outreach program to more people-old peoples homes, prisons, disabled schools, remote villages etc.
To organize mobile surgical clinic and thereby extend day-surgery services for minor cases in the villages.

BRIEF HISTORY:
The idea to establish an emergency health clinic within the church premises arose in late 1978 when Dn. L.O. Ogunkola assumed the church leadership shortly after the death of Rev. Adeola. That time, the spate of children emergencies such as febrile convulsion, acute malaria with rigor and acute abdominal pain associated with vomiting etc. occurring during church services was causing great concern among church members.

The church, fortunately, witnessed at the time, an unprecedented increase in the number of health personnel (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) enrolling to become members. Encouraged by this trend, the Church Executive gave approval for the clinic to commence. Thus, the idea became a reality.

Subsequently, the health workers in the church organised themselves into a team. Sunday clinic rosters were drawn, drugs and needed equipments were purchased or donated and the clinic was opened in January 1979.
The initial mode of operation was to open the clinic and treat whatever emergency case that arose during the worship hours. But it didn't last long before the clinic became unwieldy. Some parents abused the church gesture in offering free medical care and the sacrifice being made by the health workers. Rather than take their wards to hospital during the week when they were sick, the parents defer their treatment to Sunday clinic.

Health personnel on duty frowned at the parents' negligent attitude towards their wards not only because they missed attending church worship but also because of the risks and complications these wards were exposed to. However, with patience, education and re-orientation of the church members, the clinic began to function as desired.

At the time of Rev. Dr. Folorunso Jemiriye as pastor and leader of the church, the clinic was enlisted into the yearly church budget. Preventive health care became integrated with curative health services. Consequently, health education began to feature more prominently most especially during the health week, which the Nigeria Baptist Convention had set apart for its component churches.

With the coming of Rev. Dr. Olumide Kehinde on the church scene, the health team was stimulated to venture into various health activities, which had opened a new area of opportunities in health awareness for all church members.

For instance:
(1) The health clinic enjoys regular funding, which had enabled it to run smoothly and function optimally.
(2) The usual annual health week is now action packed and spiced with health topics of interest to the congregation. In addition, there are special programmes designed for different target groups e.g. pregnant women, nursing mothers, the youth and elderly people.
(3) Incorporated into the activities of the health team is health outreach to newly opened preaching stations, the Prisons, Remand and Motherless Homes and the Disabled. The team also undertakes home and hospital visits to church members on their sick beds. This singular action of the health team had boosted the morale of the sick and rekindled their fighting spirit to survive their various ailments.
(4) All above notwithstanding, the health team writes a regular “health tips” in our Sunday Church bulletin.
(5) The formation of a separate fellowship embracing all health church workers has promoted understanding and engendered a spirit of oneness in Christ.

Since established, the health clinic and health team have affected the health life of church members positively. It has no doubt, brought smiles into faces of many families. Several hundreds of children and adults have been rescued from the claws of death and crippling disabilities.

To the glory of God and in the service of humanity, one must not fail to put on record names of a few outstanding individuals among the health team, who by their commitment had played vital roles in sustaining the clinic right from inception until today. On the list are people like Dns. H.A. Egundeyi, Mrs. Olunlade, both of blessed memory, Mrs. L.O. Kehinde (wife of our incumbent pastor and leader) Dns. N.A. Laosebikan, Mrs. F.M. Laosebikan, Mrs. Adedeji, Mr. M.I. Agboola, Dr. M.L. Adeoti, Dn. Dr. Tunde Afolabi and Dr. D. A. Laosebikan. Their vigilance, dedication to duty and expertise in the handing of various, serious and delicate emergencies had saved many lives from impending peril. The Ministry is currently coordinated by Dr. M.L. Adeoti.
Long live Union Baptist Church.