By Musa Baba Adamu
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at the weekend, flagged off an expanded medical outreach for 2020 in his Yobe North Senatorial District.
A statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi, said the flag off event held at the General Hospital, Gashua and Federal Medical Centre, Nguru all in Yobe State.
It said the free medical services include eye treatment and surgery, free gynecological check up and surgeries.
The medical outreach also include free surgery for hernia, hydrocele, perineal tear, fibroid and uterine descent.
The annual event which is being sponsored by Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Foundation Medical Outreach was started in 2018 with main focus initially on eye related medical conditions but it has now been expanded in scope of treatment and number of beneficiaries.
For this year alone, more than 5000 patients with eye-related causes are expected to receive treatment and also more than 6000 patients with hypertension, diabetes and the likes will benefit from the gesture.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lawan said: “This medical outreach is in keeping with what we believe is 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 majority of them didn’t have the means to receive any medical attention.
“And 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 increase the number of patients or beneficiaries.
“We believe this is a worthwhile venture that will make people’s lives better. This Intervention means a lot, makes a lot of difference in the lives of many of them. And we are doing it to complement the efforts of the Yobe State government.
“The Yobe State government has been doing fantastically well in this area but we believe that 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 the Grace of God, we will do more if we see more people who need our Intervention.”
The Medical Director, FMC, Nguru, Dr Abubakar Muhammad gave an assurance that the highest quality of care would be accorded the patients from the screening through surgery, post operative period and would also follow them up till they are completely healed.
The flag off ceremony was witnessed by the Emir of Bade, Abubakar Sulaiman Umar, Emir of Nguru, Alhaji Mustapha Ibn Kyari and Speaker of Yobe State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Lawan Mirwa among other dignitaries.
The Senate President seized the opportunity of his three-day visit to his Constituency to also flag off the construction of some township roads both in Gashua and Nguru.