Towards addressing challenges in access to health care services in rural communities, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi state has taken medical outreach to Isawa community of Giade Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at the commencement of the five-day exercise in the community on Tuesday, Alhaji Usman Sale, the Chairman, Giade LGA, commended NYSC for bringing the outreach to the community.
Sale, who added that the exercise was a gesture he would never forget, said it would play a significant role in addressing the health challenges of the people in the community.
“Whoever comes to give you free medical services like this, I think that is somebody you open your arms and welcome.
“We are so glad. When the state Director of NYSC briefed me that they were interested in coming to offer free medical services, I welcomed the idea.
“I equally promised that we are going to do everything humanly possible as a government to support the process and here we are today.
“We have also supported the programme with drugs worth N350,000 and accommodations to NYSC officials, doctors and paramedics participating in the programme,” said the chairman.
He however, called on the people of the community to come out to avail themselves the opportunity to benefit from the free medical outreach.
In his speech, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, said some of the ailments to be attended to free of charge includes malaria, typhoid, hypertension, diarrhea, cholera, diabetes among others.
Abubakar who explained that the exercise is open to the people of Misau and Katagum LGAs, added that any other ailment that superseded the power of the Corps Medical Volunteers would be referred to a more competent hospital for treatment.
“Our medical team is ready. This is a programme where we need to touch the nooks and crannies of Bauchi state.
“We went to Yelwa Duguri and Yashi in Alkaleri Local Government during the first phase of the exercise and now in Isawa community in Giade Local Government which is a different axis of the state.
“My expectation is that the people of this community would benefit a lot from this medical outreach because we brought the drugs that will take care of those ailments,” he said.