576 persons today received free medical care at Daudu 3 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp under the ongoing Camp-To-Camp Medical Outreach to Benue IDPs thus making it a total to 2573 persons who have benefitted from free health programme by the Benue State Government in partnership with Office of the First Lady of the State and Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF).
Addressing the large number of persons who turned out for the exercise, Team Lead for the Outreach, Lizzy Aganyi, said the programme was conceived by the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom and implemented by ESLF in conjunction with Office of the First Lady to intervene in an area considered critical to the lives of IDPs and urged them to take advantage of all the services and medical supplies which, she stressed, were all free of charge.
Giving a health talk to the teeming crowd, a Medical Consultant who is on the medical team, Dr. Samuel Tor-Agbidiye, stressed the need for people to take preventive health measures to guide against ailments as prevention was better than cure. Dr. Tor-Agbidiye admonished them to embark on regular exercise, take balanced diet and go for regular medical check-up.
On her part, a volunteer nurse, Mrs. Janet Apeon who emphasized the need for personal and menstrual hygiene, advised people to maintain general health and sexual discipline so as to avoid contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Also addressing newsmen, Consultant Surgeon and lead medical team member, Dr. Akor Rijam said some of the surgeries done so far during the outreach included lymphoma, hernia, cysts and ganglia (which he explained as lumps found on tendons) among others.
A laboratory scientist on the team, Mr. Shishi Oliver, explained that various clinical tests carried out so far included Fasting Blood Sugar, Random Blood Sugar, H.I.V., Hepatitis B and C as well as Malaria Parasite. Mr. Shishi added that Urinanalysis test was also done on some patients as well as H-Pylori, which he explained is a test for ulcer.
Some beneficiaries, including Iorkyegh Simon, Zaki Akperakpuu, Japheth Adzer and Mzamberga Tsehumba expressed joy that Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) partnered with government to bring succour to their lives.
Today’s Camp-To-Camp Medical Outreach makes it a total of 2573 persons freely treated, 161 underwent free surgery, 654 had free lab tests and 88 got referral to different comprehensive medical facilities in Makurdi the State Capital.