Ebonyi: NYSC kicks off free medical outreach for rural dwellers



The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Thursday, kicked off the Nationwide Health Week under the Scheme's health Initiative for Rural Dwellers  (HIRD) in O
nyikwa Nkaleke Echara Community in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

During the flag off, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Bamai Mercy Dawuda,  who read a keynote address by the Director General of the Scheme, Prof.  Ibrahim Shuaibu  said, the scheme embarked on the health initiative in order to ensure that Ebonyians and other Nigeria's  citizens  in their rural communities are free from all kinds of diseases.
Mrs Bamai
also stated that NYSC sees the medical outreaches for the rural dwellers would help to boost the scheme's community development services across the nation.

She noted that the programme is driven by NYSC determination to deepen the impact of healthcare services to the people in the hinterlands.

According to her, "It is a platform for contribution towards promoting the well-being of indigent persons at grassroots by granting them easier access to free and quality healthcare...; through medical outreaches in communities across the country, during which corps medical volunteers carry out diagnosis, treatment, including minor medical procedures; and referrals of patients."

She disclosed that over two million persons have been attended to by the NYSC medical teams on the HIRD platform.

She added that the  medical outreaches  also featured sensitization of community members on disease prevention and care, donation of over 300 wheelchairs for the disables with support of partners on distribution of drugs, eye glasses, and other medical consumables through the initiative.

The Coordinator equally stated that NYSC has established community based clinics, setting up clinic for NYSC Secretariats, first aid administration and humanitarian aid among other things, as she noted, this year's medical outreach  which centred on "Health is Wealth for Advancement," is taking place simultaneously in the 36 states in the country including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Bamai reminded Nigerians that apart from the HIRD programme, corps members have for decades been using other NYSC Community Development Service platforms to make more frequent health-related interventions, including medical outreaches, health surveys, construction of cottage clinics and renovation of other health facilities.

The NYSC, she said has embarked on campaign against HIV/Aids, malaria control, Guinea Worm Eradication, the immunization against measles, Poliomyelitis and other child-killer diseases with the prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD alongside its contributions to the controller of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have continued to earn the Scheme a widespread commendations.

While announcing the Scheme's health breakthroughs such as improvement of reproductive health, reduction of maternal and infant mortality, maintenance on health Infrastructure, among others through the HIRD and platforms, Bamai appreciated the encouragement and support given by the stakeholders - the Federal and State Ministries of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency; United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF); World Health of Organization; other international and Non-Governmental Organisations, pharmaceutical companies and public spirited individuals.

The State Coordinator  thus, urged the beneficiaries to take the exercise very seriously, stressing that  the outreach is meant for the benefit of the communities nationwide.

NATIONAL PANEL also reports that the Representative of NYSC Director, Southeast Area Office, Mr Caleb Ishaya charged the community people to patiently participate in the programme.

Also, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Charles Akpaenika, represented by Mr Amechi Alo described the health  Initiative as a welcome development.

Meanwhile,  the programme would continue on Friday June 25th, 2021 in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.



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