The ADOTT Medical and Health Care Outreach Ministry was created by the Diocesan, Rt Rev. Amos Fagbamiye on Saturday June 2, 2018 with the following mission:
- To encourage the establishment of Parish/Church clinics and Health care units and with the ultimate goal of establishing ADOTT hospitals.
- To provide basic and elementary health care facilities and resources to the teeming immigrants in our churches.
To establish this mission, the Diocesan appointed the Rev Canon Dr Augustine Unuigbe (now Rt. Rev. Dr Augustine Unuigbe) as the Director of this new ministry. The Diocesan further directed each administrative Archdeacon to make its nomination of health practitioners and medical experts, to serve as members in this new ministry.
As approved by the Diocesan, the initial composition of members of the new ministry was as follows:
Director: The Revd Canon Dr Augustine Unuigbe
- Director: The Revd Canon Dr Augustine Unuigbe
- Cathedral Deanery: The Revd Dr Wemimo Adebiyi
- Archdeaconry of the North-East: Mrs Catherine Ngozi Okali
- Archdeaconry of New England: Dr Funso Oladunjoye
- Archdeaconry of the Mid Atlantic: Dr Mrs Remi Ukwu
- Archdeaconry of the Mid-West: Mrs Patricia Okwata
- Archdeaconry of the Eastern Mid-West: Revd Canon Dr Chinedu Njoku
- Archdeaconry of the South: Sir Dr. Benjamin Chigbo Udoh
- Archdeaconry of the Pacific: Dr Oluchi Nwankwo
- Archdeaconry of Canada East: Mrs Afolabi Folakemi
- Archdeaconry of Canada West: Ms. Chika Chinda
- Sir Dr Eromonsele Idahosa—Ex-Oficio and Adviser;
- Mrs Chinyere Nwosu
The inaugural meeting of the ADOTT DMH was held via a teleconference on September 1 2018 with the following in attendance:
- Rev Canon Dr Augustine Unuigbe
- Dr Oluchi Nwankwo
- Sir Dr Benjamin Chigbo Udoh (called in briefly but had to leave)
- Dr Chinedu Akaeze
- Mrs Ekezie
- Mrs Chinyere Nwosu
Absent with Apologies
Rev Dr. Fisayo Adebiyi
The highlight of the initial meeting was encouragement of parish level health teams with the long-term goal of developing health clinic in the future.
The ADOTT DMH has since played an active role especially in various parishes and in the diocese via health campaigns where free medical consultations and screenings are completed. The ministry has also continued to provide relevant health educations on preventable diseases with monthly highlights on specific health related issues as below
- January - Thyroid disease awareness, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- February - American Heart Month
- March - Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Kidney Disease Awareness Month
- April - National Minority Health Awareness, National Autism Awareness Month
- May - Stroke Awareness Month
- June - Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, Men’s Health Awareness
- July - Hepatitis Awareness Month
- August - National Breastfeeding Awareness, National Psoriasis Awareness, National Immunization Awareness Month
- September - Prostate Cancer Awareness, Suicide Awareness Month
- October- Breast Cancer Awareness, ADHD Awareness month
- November- America Diabetes Awareness Month, COPD Awareness,
- December - 1 International AIDS Day, Handwashing Awareness Month
The ADOTT ministry has also been actively providing relevant guidance on health issues as it relates to individual members or local parish regarding public health issues including ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the inaugural meeting, the leadership of the ministry was transitioned to Rev Dr Adebiyi as the new Coordinator on July 21, 2019 while Rt. Rev Dr. Augustine Unuigbe will continue to serve in the advisory role to the directorate. Dr Motunrayo Adetola of the Anglican Church of the Redeemer Regina, SK was also appointed as a new member of directorate on January 15, 2020 while also serving as the deputy Medical Adviser to the Diocesan.
The ADOTT DMH committee is grateful for the vision the lord has given to our Diocesan in inaugurating this ministry and we continue to trust God for a greater effectiveness in carrying on the vision of this directorate.