National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Tuesday, began free medical services, targeting no fewer than 500 residents of Sifawa community in Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical outreach was organised under NYSC’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Usman Yakubu-Yaro, said that the outreach was aimed at reaching no fewer than 500 members of the community with free treatment and other healthcare talks.
Yakubu-Yaro said that the ailments to be attended to included: malaria, typhoid, hypertension, diarrhea, cholera and diabetes, among others.
According to him, any other ailment that cannot be handled by the corps’ medical volunteers will be referred to a more competent hospital.
He said that a team of NYSC medical corps members, comprising medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other auxiliary health personnel, was deployed for the exercise.
Yakubu-Yaro explained that the exercise was part of the vision of the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmad, to support vulnerable families, especially in rural settlements.
He also said that the programme was established in 2014 to, amongst other reasons, utilise NYSC’s medical personnel as volunteer agents in the provision of healthcare services for rural communities.
Responding on behalf of the benefiting communities, the District Head of Sifawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Tambari, expressed appreciation to the NYSC management over the succur which would enhance people’s wellbeing.
Tambari urged the people of the community to avail themselves of the opportunity to benefit from the medical outreach. (NAN)
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