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NYSC offers free medical services to 2 million rural dwellers



NYSC offers free medical services to 2 million rural dwellers

By George Edomwonyi

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has provided free medical services to as many as two million people over the past seven years, an official said.

NYSC coordinator in Edo, Ms. Olubukola Abiodun, told Auchi on Monday at the start of a week-long Rural People’s Health Initiative (HIRD).

Abiodun, represented by the deputy director of the community development service, Ms. Clara Isede, said the NYSC health program aims to promote the well-being of the poor at the grassroots.

“Driven by our determination to deepen the impact of our healthcare services, management launched the HIRD in 2014.

“The program is widely implemented through medical interventions in communities across the country.

“During exercise, the body’s volunteer doctors make the diagnosis; treatment, medical procedures; drugs, glasses and other medical consumables are also provided free of charge to patients.

“So far, more than two million people have been treated by NYSC medical teams on the HIRD platform.

“The program has donated over 300 wheelchairs with the support of partners under this program,” she said.

Abiodun said the program is using another platform of community development services to perform more frequent health-related interventions.

She added that these interventions include a health survey, the construction of family clinics, a campaign against HIV / AIDS, the fight against malaria, vaccination against polio and other deadly diseases.

The coordinator said the program has concluded plans to set up mobile clinics for a wider reach, adding that this is aimed at increasing medical services to people in rural areas.

Mr. Dada Abubakar, a community leader in Auchi, thanked the NYSC for the gesture and urged people to come out en masse for the free medical service.

“It’s a great initiative, and we appreciate them for their awareness.

“Health is wealth, they (people) should take their health seriously, when they hear anything, especially free medical care, they should go out in droves and take the opportunity to test themselves,” said Abubakar. (NAA)


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