No fewer than 4,000 rural people have benefited from the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme in

Mr Okpo John, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, disclosed this on Friday in Katsina while presenting wheel chairs to some physically challenged persons.

He said that the programme was aimed at mobilising corps members medical personnel to provide health intervention to rural dwellers.

According to him, the intervention will be through diagnosis, treatment, referral and proper prevention mechanism to enhance health status of people.

“We mobilise our corps members to those local government areas that have health challenges to render free services to rural dwellers on quarterly basis,’’ he said.

The coordinator said that NYSC also impacted positively on people of the state through Community Development Services (CDS) particularly in the areas of education and environmental sanitation.

Other areas are health, bridges construction, campaign against drug abuse and road safety.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the NYSC scheme was introduced in 1973 for graduates of tertiary institutions to foster national unity in the country.

The scheme also assists to move the country forward via CDS undertaken by corps members in their host communities.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the governor on Youth Development, Alhaji Ibrahim Khalil, commended the NYSC for donating the wheel chairs and for initiating the health outreach programme.

He said that the state government also introduced a number of policies and programmes aimed at improving the living condition of its people.

Malama Umma Daura, one of the beneficiaries of the wheel chairs, commended NYSC for the gesture and assured that the beneficiaries would make best use of the wheelchairs donated to them.