Twenty-four year old Edmond Eli Homoshe, from Kpasham, Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, has regained his sight, courtesy of the free medical intervention by the senator representing Adamawa South Senatorial District, Senator Binos Yaroe.
Narrating the story to journalists at the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, LCCN, Health Centre, Demsa, Master Edmond’s father, Mr. Eli Homoshe said “his son had been blind since the age three when he was hit by friends in the eyes while playing.’’
Master Edmond, who can now see after over 21 years of blindness, was among 8,030 others, who received free medical services from the senator.
Senator Yaroe said the outreach was his first vision for his constituents and hoped to do more.
The Medical Director of the LCCN Health Centre, Demsa, venue of the outreach, Dr. Stanley Joseph said apart from the case of master Edmond, there were so many other special medical conditions that the medical team was able to treat, such as cases of people who lived with ailments for so many years.
He gave an example of case, where a man from Mayo Balwa Local Government Area, who lived with case of Hernia for over 10 years, but underwent surgery and was now well.
“I remember one elderly man that we did inguinocrotal Hernia for him, with Hydrocele. This man has been living with this condition for more than 10 years and he was always in one place or another. They had to carry him and move him around. We were able to remove it for him. And when this man woke up, you know they first thing he said?, ‘Thank you very much. Tell Senator that I am grateful’. So this man, when he confessed this, it touched me,” Dr. Joseph said.
Dr. Joseph, who spoke on behalf of the Team Leader of the outreach, Dr. Talimo Dar, who was still conducting surgeries on patients, said there were 162 ophthalmic surgeries were performed in the eye, more than 204 people underwent General Surgeries, 72 dental surgeries, 764 were rendered laboratory services, 1,009 eye care services, while 400 glasses were issued to patients.
Dr. Joseph said overall, the Free Medical Services by Senator Yaroe, in partnership with Soteria-Afrique Rural Healthcare Initiative and the Christian Broadcasting Network, touched the lives of 8,030 people, since Monday, August 11, 2019.
He said however, biopsies were carried out on some patients but taken to the Federal Medical Centre, so that proper diagnosis would be confirmed while some surgeries could not be carried out because the diagnosis were not certain, hence they were referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola for further diagnosis.
Senator Yaroe said the turnout exceeded the 7000 to 8000 expectation that he set out to achieve, and was delighted at the turn of events.
“The number of people that have been treated, the number of surgeries that have been performed, both major and eye surgeries, I can say that we have achieved more than our objectives that we have set out to achieve. So, I am a very happy person, I am really glad and thankful to God and to this volunteer medical personnel that came all the way from Abuja to conduct this outreach,”Senator Yaroe stated.
He promised that the free medical outreach would be made a biannual event for the people of his senatorial zone, that is to have the outreach done twice every year or more frequent outings of the medical interventions.
The Senator said he was having consultations with some partners in the US, who had shown interest to support future medical endeavours that would be organised more regularly and on a bigger scale.
Senator Yaroe said he considered the first free medical outreach as ‘Testing the Waters,’ without knowing how the turnout would be.
He added that he was delighted that the turnout and the joy on people’s faces could not be quantified.