From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Not less than 3,000 residents of Bauchi state are to benefit from free medical outreach under the Featured Assured programme of the wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari, , Mrs. Aisha Buhari.
During the flag off ceremony yesterday at the State Specialist Hospital in Bauchi, Aisha said that the outreach target is to screen and treat about 3,000 people as well as creating awareness for diabetes, hypertension, and eye ailments as well as de-worming of children.
Mrs. Buhari, represented by the North East Coordinator of Future Assured, Zuwaira Gambo said that the initiative is aimed at complementing government efforts to provide health care for the populace and expressed optimism that the screening will improve thehealth status of the people of the state, as well as serve as a reminder on the need for regular medical checkups.
She said that the outreach was carried out in collaboration with the Bauchi state ministry of health and the wife of the State Governor,
Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed and assured that the outreach will offer free medication for the treatment of some of the ailments screened for and give eye glasses to adults who needed them.
“De-worming of children is also part of the event. Vitamin C tablets will be given out to the children while toothbrushes and toothpaste will also be given to them to encourage dental hygiene”.
“As part of the event marking the outreach, we donated 2,000 assorted drugs to some selected schools in the State and have sensitized residents of the state on the importance of turning out for this medical outreach” she said,
The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Saidu Aliyu Gital described the turnout for the outreach by the resident of the state as very impressive, saying that the programme was going well as planned without any hitches.
He said a total of 160 medical personnel for the programme were on ground to attend to patients and urged the people of the State to take advantage of the programme which was at no cost to them and take better care of their health.