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How Over 20,000 Patients Benefited From Dogara’s Free Medical Outreach

Posted: Apr 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu
Most Nigerians, particularly the rural dwellers, cannot afford medical services due to abject poverty and as a result of this many have been suffering from one disease or the other for several years while others who are not fortunate have died for their inability to access good health care services.
 Sanusi Ahmed from Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State who has been suffering from eye problem for over 10 years was among the categories of people that could not afford health services. 
But succor came to Ahmed when the Doctors on the Move Africa came to Bauchi to offer free two weeks medical services courtesy of Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker, House of Representatives.
Ahmed who was among thousands of patients who benefited from the free medical services was lucky to undergo eye surgery during the outreach.
He told Independent at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, that he had been suffering from sight problem and as a result could not read and not see very well.
He said: “I heard it over the radio that our Speaker has sent doctors to Bauchi to treat us free of charge, immediately I rushed to Teaching hospital where  I obtained card for the check up. The doctors examined me and I was later operated on. I want to appreciate Hon. Yakubu Dogara for remembering the poor masses and may Allah continue to bless him.
The Two Weeks Free Medical outreach has benefited citizens from all the 20 Local Government Areas of Bauchi State. In all, over 20,000 patients were attended to by over 100 health personnel mobilised by the Doctors on the moveAfrica, a non-profit organisation and volunteer health personnel of ATBUTH, Bauchi.
Mother of 13-year-old Nura Isa who has been suffering from hernia for 12 years, and a beneficiary of the free medical outreach, was full of joy and appreciation to the initiator of the programme.
Ramatu Isa, mother of Nura, said his son was circumcised when he was three years old but unfortunately the circumcision was not carried out successfully.
“After Nura was circumcised at three years, the wound was infected and he started having problem of passing out urine but we could not afford the treatment until now that the doctors sponsored by Hon. Dogara came to Bauchi and did the surgery for us.
Hon. Yakubu Dogara who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Illiya Habilla, commended the team of doctors for operating patients with cataracts, hernia, fibroids, glitter and other diseases.
Dogara who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State at the National Assembly also commended the doctors for screening and treating patients suffering from ailments such as lipomas, hernia, fibroids, goitre as well as ultra sound scanning, HIV/AIDs, hepatitis screening and public health enlightenment.
He said through the outreach over 100 eye glasses were given out free while some were waiting for cataract surgeries. The medical team conducted over 230 surgeries such as hernias, lipoma, thyroidectomies, hysterectory (total and vaginal) and X-Loparatory while major and minor surgeries conducted by the health personnel during the outreach included orthopaedic implant removal, hydrocelectomies, laparotomy (Cystectomies) and myomectomies.
He said that the the doctors conducted 452 cataract operations, an unprecedented record in eye surgeries within a span of 11 days while 2,360 reading glasses were provided to patients.
During the exercise, a total of 6,750 patients underwent laboratory testing, many were screened of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other diseases, while 646 patients underwent ultra sound scanning.