No fewer than 6,000 patients have benefited from the second phase of medical outreach sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Abdussamad Dasuki (APC Sokoto).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme entails diagnoses and treatment provided to patients in Dogon-Daji and Kuchi towns, in Tambuwal and Kebbe Local Governments respectively.Usman Da
NAN also reports that over 100 final year medical students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) were engaged for the exercise.
The medical students offered free services, while Dasuki provided free drugs, testing equipment and insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
The Consultant of the Medical Outreach, Dr Muhammad Yahaya, said that the exercise was aimed at providing free diagnoses for all types of illnesses and free drugs, while surgery cases were referred to hospitals
Yahaya said: “The free medical outreach was sponsored by Dasuki for his people that had any kind of sickness to be diagnosed and treated.’’
“Those found with ailments that required surgery were referred to hospitals for operation and the cost of such surgery was borne by him,’’ he said.
The Team Leader, Mr Jabir Yakubu said, “The medical students were happy to provide free services’’.
“We are always ready to assist any member of the society who is prepared to help the less-privileged,’’ Yakubu said.
One of the beneficiaries applauded Dasuki for the gesture, saying, "it helped some of us who do not have the means to treat our ailments."
“You could also see that the services did not discriminate against people of other religions or tribes,’’ he said.
Another beneficiary, 50-year old Sanusi Abdullahi, who suffered from high blood pressure said, “I was at home when I heard about the free medical care’’.
” I did not have money to treat the high blood pressure but I am happy that I could access the service, free of charge,’’ Abdullahi said.
Dasuki said that the free medical care services would be sustained until “all members of his constituency who suffer from one ailment or another is treated’’.
“There are many people in these towns and villages that are suffering from one sickness or another and most of them cannot afford costs of medical treatment.
“Government cannot do it alone. It is, therefore, my responsibility to come in by doing the little I can to assist those that need it.
“We started with Tambuwal and Kebbe towns in the first phase and the second phase now in Dogon Daji and Kuchi towns."