Medical outreach: 5,000 patients get free treatment in Adamawa

A team of doctors and health workers, including volunteers, operating on a patient at the ongoing free surgical operation exercise sponsored by the Kwara State Government, Kwara State Association of Nigeria, North America, and Sekinah Medical Outreach in Ilorin General Hospital, Ilorin, the state capital.

No fewer than 5,000 patients benefitted from a four-day free medical outreach organised by Sen. Binos Yaroe of Adamawa South Senatorial District.

Dr Jama Medan, who spoke on behalf of the medical team at Ganye General Hospital during the exercise’s closing ceremony, said that no fewer than 50 medical personnel attended to the patients.

“Our target was 5,000 patients but the people we have attended to so far are more than that number and we are going to round up by midnight,” Medan said.

He said those that benefitted include: 103 patients with cataract problems and 160 with tooth problems.

“We distributed 400 eye glasses, while the surgical department had so far done 104 operations,” Medan said.

Also speaking, Dr Nnebue Chinedu, the Chief Medical Director of Ganye General Hospital, described the exercise as timely.

He said that the intervention came at the right when the hospital usually records a high number of patients that used to include those coming from the neighbouring Cameroon Republic.

“This intervention is coming at the right time. We always experience a high turnout of patients after harvest and the festive periods,” Chinedu said.

Sen. Binos Yaroe said that 8,030 patients benefitted from the first exercise held in Demsa in August last year.

He said that he decided to embark on the health intervention to reach out to many underprivileged in the rural areas who could not afford or asses such healthcare services.

Some of the beneficiaries lauded the benefactor for organising the outreach which they said reached the direct beneficiaries.