Senate President launches free medical outreach in Yobe

Eye care and surgery, free gynaecological check-up and procedures are included in the free medical services.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

In his Yobe North Senatorial District, Senate President Ahmad Lawan launched an expanded medical outreach for 2020 at the weekend.

According to a statement from his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja, the event was held at the General Hospital, Gashua and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru, all in Yobe State.

Eye care and surgery, free gynaecological check-up and procedures are included in the free medical services.

Free surgery on hernia, hydrocele, perineal tear, fibroid and uterine descent was also included in the medical outreach.

The annual event, funded by Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Foundation Medical Outreach, began in 2018 with an initial emphasis on eye-related medical conditions, but the scope of care and the number of beneficiaries have now been expanded.

About 5,000 patients with eye-related cases are expected to receive care for this year alone and the gesture will also help more than 6,000 patients with asthma, diabetes and the like.

Lawan said:

“This medical outreach is in keeping with what we believe is an important and necessary intervention for our people who need either the surgeries or the general treatment to recover their sight or improve their sight.

“We started this in 2018 because we noticed that people had those challenges at that time and yet the majority of them didn’t have the means to receive any medical attention.

“Since I could afford it, I thought it was my duty to provide means of some intervention. So we initiated this programme in 2018.

“In 2019, in addition to eye surgeries, we introduced hydrocele and we increased the number last year. This year we introduced more areas of intervention and also increased the number of patients or beneficiaries.

“We believe this is a worthwhile venture that will improve people’s lives. This intervention means a lot, makes a lot of difference in the lives of many. We are doing it to complement the efforts of the Yobe State Government.

“The government has been doing well in this area, but we believe we have some areas that we can also bring in our intervention to support the state government.

“I think we are doing the right thing and I believe that next year, by God’s grace, we will do more if we see more people who need our intervention.”

Dr Abubakar Muhammad, Medical Director, FMC, Nguru, said the highest standard of treatment would be provided to patients from screening through surgery, post-operative time, and would also be followed up until they were fully healed.

The ceremony was attended by, among other dignitaries, the Emir of Bade, Abubakar Sulaiman Umar; the Emir of Nguru, Alhaji Mustafa Ibn Kyari; and the Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Ahmed Lawan Mirwa.

On the occasion of his three-day visit to his constituency, the Senate President also began the construction of some township roads in Gashua and Nguru.

He gave out materials to the victims of the recent flood that occurred in parts of his constituency in the local governments of Bade and Jakusko shortly before his departure yesterday.

4,000 bags of cement, 480 bundles of zinc, 1,150 logs of timber and 160 bags of nails were distributed to those communities whose houses were affected by the flood.

The other victims whose farmland was affected shared food products, including rice, maize and millet, among themselves. Of each of the food products, arrangements were made for 650 bags.

In order to complement what the state government had done for them, Lawan assured the beneficiaries that the gesture was intended to be just support and his personal intervention.