From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
The West African College of Surgeons (WACS) has performed free medical treatment on different illnesses and treated about 295 patients in Kebbi State.
Addressing journalists on Monday the Kebbi State Commissioner of Health Hon. Ja’afaru Mohammed said that free medical outreach which lasted for two weeks targeted more than 200 patients across the 21 local government areas of the state.
The programme which was in collaboration with Kebbi State Government was performed at the Medical Center Kalgo, aimed to rescue lives of the people with minor sickness in the state adding that many patients benefitted from the surgery.
The commissioner who stated further that from the beginning over 295 patients have been treated successfully and are receiving medications at their various domains, while the Governor Atiku Bagudu thanked those in concern and financial support for providing free healthcare to people of the state.
The commissioner also commended the surgeons for considering the state as one of their areas for service to humanity.
Also speaking, Kebbi State Governor’s wife, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Women to the governor, Hajiya Zahra’u Wali, said that the exercise recorded significant impact, especially on the lower class of people who could not afford to pay the bills of their different operations.
She thanked the governor for the effort in ensuring that WACS carried out the programme in the state.
Director of Medical Services in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr Shehu Koko, commended the medical team for the effort in making the exercise a successful one.
According to him, over 42 patients with obstetrics and gynaecology related ailments were treated.
“We conducted general and paediatric surgery on 77 patients, plastic surgery on 10 patients, ear, nose and throat surgery on 14, maxillofacial on seven patients, urology on six, dental on 74 and opthalmology on 65 patients,” Koko said.