Lokoja - The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has offered a one-day free medical treatment to people in rural communities in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Attah Ahmed, made the announcement on Wednesday at a news conference in Lokoja to flag off the NMA Week.
He said the free medical care outreach was part of activities lined up to mark the association’s Annual General Meeting(AGM) this year.
Ahmed said that the exercise, slated for Friday, would take place simultaneously in three locations in each of the senatorial districts in the state.
He said the exercise would be handled by three batches of medical care givers to be supervised by a medical doctor.
The chairman said the treatment would take place in Ihima and Eika in the Okehi Local Government Area and at the Cottage Hospital, Mopa in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of the state.
Ahmed said the programme would also take place at the Cottage Hospital, Okpo in Olamaboro Local Government in the Central West and East senatorial districts.
He said that the teams would comprise medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other auxiliary medical personnel who would treat various ailments and offer counselling.
Ahmed said the NMA would also use advocacy to create awareness on killer-diseases like diabetes, hepatitis B, malaria and HIV/AIDS, among others.
The chairman said that this year’s AGM’s theme was 'Health Care Delivery in Kogi State, a SWOT Analysis', lamenting that a lot of people living with diseases like diabetes and hypertension were unaware of their condition.
Ahmed said that the association had set in motion strategies to eliminate sectoral brain-drain and encourage posting of members to rural areas where, he said, most of the terminal diseases were prevalent.
He said that a proposal had since been sent to the State Government to ensure provision of adequate facilities and welfare packages for medical professionals posted to rural areas of the state.
"If a doctor who is working in the cottage hospital has adequate equipment to work with and has commensurate condition of living with his colleagues, he may not want to come to the urban cities for greener pastures," Ahmed said.