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Thousands access healthcare from minister’s gesture in Plateau

02 December 2014, 20:24

Plateau - More than 4 500 patients from six local government areas in Plateau State have accessed free medical care sponsored by the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe.

The programme has ended in Zamko, Langtang North local government area.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry in Abuja, records showed that over 4 560 people with various health challenges were attended to and treated.

It stated that out of these numbers, 126 people had eye surgeries, 348 reading glasses were given out and over 4 000 treated mosquito nets were distributed to nursing mothers and children.

“A total numbers of 118 major and minor surgeries were carried out successfully. The surgeries include hernia, fibroid and appendicitis. A total 3 833 HTC counseling were conducted. About 33 snake bite patients were rushed to the centre and administered with Anti snake venom-EchiTAbG 10ml. According to the Nurses on duty, one of such Anti snake venom cost between N20 000 to N25 000 and one or two doses were given depending on the level of complication,” the statement added.

Sonnie Reng General Administrator of the Outreach, hailed the programme.

“Although when you reach out to people in this manner, you hardly get their appreciation back because most of them don’t know you in person, but their shout of glory announces your name in heaven,” he told the minister.

- CAJ News


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