Doctors offer free services in Yobe liberated community

No fewer than 25 medical doctors have provided free medical services to some residents of Buni-Yadi, Yobe.

There were no functional hospitals in the town almost two years after it was liberated from Boko Haram insurgents.

The doctors were mobilized to the area by three NGOs: Goje Foundation, Smile mission and Edushine for a one-day community outreach health service.

The chairman Goje foundation, Dr. Mohammed Goje, said the doctors came from various places including Kano, Abuja, Lagos, Maiduguri and Damaturu to provide services to the community.

“The decision to mobilize the medical team to the community was borne out of the fact that there is no single functional medical facility in the area since the destruction of the General Hospital in Buni-Yadi by insurgents.”

According to Goje, the outreach targeted 300 people for treatment but over 1,000 people with various ailments turned up.

The leader of the medical mission, Dr. Saleh Abba said that the doctors, including gynecologists, pediatricians, dentists, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors attended to the patients.“We also carried out minor surgery operations, consultations and other services ably assisted by pharmacists, nurses and laboratory scientists.

The outreach is offering the service for just one day which unfortunately is grossly inadequate considering the large number of patients in this town” Abba said.

Ali Usman, a patient, who benefited from the outreach, urged the government to provide the community with a temporary medical facility pending the reconstruction of the hospital earlier destroyed.“Two years after we returned back, we have no medical facility; some women died from avoidable circumstances in child birth because we have to travel to Damaturu to access hospital” he said.