NGOs provide free medical care to indigents

Non Governmental Organisations in Nigeria are stepping in to bridge the gap between the poor and vulnerable people and affordable health care services by providing free medical interventions.

In Lokoja the Kogi state capital, at least 80 patients received free paediatric and general surgeries, as well as dental services and gynaecological procedures, offered by an NGO, Mark Anumah Medical Mission (MAMM).

The programme coordinator, Prof. Felicia Anumah, disclosed this to the on Saturday after a week-long free medical treatment offered to patients at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja in Kogi.

Anumah, who also works at the Endocrinology and Diabeteology Department, University of Abuja, said that they had treated 2,321 patients and performed 80 different surgeries.

“We have done our best, we rounded up on Friday and on the whole we have treated 2,321 patients and performed 80 surgeries.”

Also from Zamfara state, in the Himma Community Health Circle Initiative (H-COHEIC), has screened 1,200 patients of cataract, hypertension and diabetes for free medical treatment in Zamfara State.

The NGO’s Coordinator on Health Matters, Hajiya Sadiya Abubakar, disclosed this at a news conference on Saturday in Gusau.

Abubakar said the programme was aimed at assisting the people with various health care challenges, especially those due to financial problem, who could not go to hospitals for treatment.

“This NGO is designed specifically to address the overwhelming health issues of women and children as regards maternal mortality, Visico Vaginal Festula (VVF), Child spacing, Malaria and HIVAIDS, among others. It is also aimed at providing comprehensive free health care service packages to vulnerable class in the society,” she said.

According to her, 2,800 patients have been screened for the exercise across the state, which would commence in December, adding that the NGO is working in partnership with a teaching hospital in Morroco.

 “We have already partnered with the Muhammad VI Teaching Hospital Marrakech in Morocco for the treatment exercise and we are expecting the team of doctors for the exercise anytime from now. “This exercise will be carried out at Yariman Bakura Special Hospital and King Fahad Women and Children Hospital in Gusau,’’ Abubakar said.

She said that after the exercise, the NGO would come up with another exercise for other diseases like Malaria, HIV AIDS, VVF, among others.