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Thousands benefit from free healthcare in Plateau

18 December 2013, 07:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja – About 7 500 students of Plateau State Polytechnic and other residents of Heipang community in Barkin Ladi are set to benefit from free healthcare services following the launch of a medical outreach project in the local government area.

Minor and major surgeries will also be carried out on patients while ailments like malaria, typhoid, hepatitis, diabetes, ulcer, pneumonia, sexually transmitted illnesses will be treated for free and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing offered during the five-day exercise that is underway.

Declaring the programme open at Heipang, the Minister for Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, who sponsored the programme, said the essence of the event was to reach out to the indigent people who needed healthcare services.

“If you help someone to get healing, the person will become useful not just to self, family and society at large. You need to encourage the people to have good health so that they will help themselves and better the society,” she said.

She explained that the need for medical care was increasing, hence the need to take healthcare programme to rural communities and higher institution of learning in the state. The free healthcare service, though sponsored by the minister, would be executed by AFRI-Foundation, in collaboration with the Association of Resident Doctors, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Urban Frontiers Mission International.

The Head of the medical team, Dr Talemoh Wycliffe, said the exercise would cater for about 7 500 patients from the Polytechnic and the neighbouring communities.

“We hope to do surgeries for both minor and major cases. The ailments we are likely to treat are malaria, typhoid, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, diabetes, ulcer, pneumonia, dental and eye complications, HIV/AIDS counselling for those who test positive,” Wycliffe added.

– CAJ News


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