NMA provides free medical services to FCT Community
Gloria Essien, Abuja
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Federal Capital Territory Chapter, has provided free medical services to residents of Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory Council FCT, Abuja.
The two-day free medical outreach which was carried out at Dabibakon Primary Health Center Kwali, is part of the activities to mark the beginning of the association’s Annual General Meeting.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Chairman of NMA, FCT chapter Dr. Enema Amodu said the aim is to provide medical services to the under served communities as a way of giving back to the society.
“We are gathered in our numbers to provide specialist care and service to indigenes of the society instead of going to cities we choose remotes localities where health care is scare and people are unable to come city centre access or afford medical services “. Dr Amodu started.
He also noted that from the proceeds of the association’s contributions and donations from partners, funds were raised to provides the humanitarian services.
“We attended to as many people as possible.We have gotten support from the Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Diagnostic, partners and contributions from members to gather funds to basically ensure that those drugs and consumables are available” he said
He disclosed that some of the services rendered include surgical procedures, Ear Node and Throat, ENT, services, chemical, ophthalmology, pathology, general surgery services, and all sort of medical specialist services as the need arises.
On the issues of cholera in the FCT, The Chairman expressed worry over the speed and increase cases in the FCT also stressed the need for government, medical specialists and other stakeholders to show political will.
“Just like what we are doing here, this will go a long way to solve the problem that is to curtail the spread of cholera. The key solution to end the spread is the provision of potable water,sanitation facilities and awareness programmes for residents of communities”. He added.
Mrs. Esther Simiri, a Nurse and Midwife who spoke on behalf of the Matron of Dabibakon Primary Health Center Kwali, applauded members of the association for their generosity through the free medical assistance render to residents of the communities.
She however, decried the dilapidated state of the center and the short fall of medical staff for a population of about 100 people who visit the Health Center every day and appealed for assistance for the renovations of the center and increase in manpower to carter for the residents of the communities.
Some of the residents who spoke with Voice of Nigeria, thanked and expressed delight over the kind gesture by the NMA, and appleaded for more medical interventions.
The Dabibakon Primary Health Center Kwali, which has about twenty four medical personals provides services for six communities; Da Bako, Checheyi, Bobota Peyo and Leleyi with an average of hundred patience who visit the facility daily for medical treatment.