NYSC offers rural health medical outreach in Enugu
Same day the Army medical outreach in the South East caused panic and commotion was the day the National Youth Service Corps, (|NYSC), inaugurated the 2017 edition of its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, (HIRD), at Ngwo community in Udi local government area of Enugu state.
Unlike the suspicion and allegation that trailed the army’s outreach, the NYSC HIRD was embraced by the rural populace of Ngwo who turned up enmass to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the medical outreach to cure some of the infirmities.
The traditional ruler of Enugu-Ngwo community, HRH, Igwe Charles Ayaluogu was so elated that he recalled times and often the NYSC had extended its medical outreach to the people of his community, adding that his community had benefited immensely from the kind gesture.
A native of Enugu-Ngwo community, Mr. Sunday Ugwu who said it was his first time of coming to benefit from the gesture said he came for medical check-up and hoped to get cured.
“I think they are doing well for the society. I am happy for what they are doing; it’s really helping the community because some people don’t have money to go to hospital. Old men and women who cannot afford hospital bills now come here to benefit. I am commending them to continue doing it,” Ugwu stated.
Another member of the community, Nze Ignatius Ude who said he was there for medical treatment and check-up said the NYSC was used to conducting the exercise in the community which he said made for a large turn-up at the event. “We appreciate their kind gesture to us because it has been gainful to this community,” he stated.
One of the Corps member Doctors, Dr. Nakpodia Jovi said that they were aware it was a rural community outreach noting that some of the prevalent cases that usually affect rural dwellers apart from malaria, were hypertension and diabetes, since they lacked access to the treatments.
“So apart from giving them malaria drugs, we screen them, for those that have diabetes, we make sure we have their blood pressure checked and those discovered to be hypertensive, we give them hypertensive medication. We also have drugs for cough, pediatrics medication for children, de-worming tablets, etc.”
She noted that cases they were unable to handle at the outreach would be referred to a health institution where their ailments would be followed up.
Enugu state coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka said the philosophy behind the programme was to get health care delivery system to the rural community. “We know that our rural areas are highly populated and you may be surprised that some of these areas may not have seen a medical doctor for once.
“So NYSC has the human capital; we have the core doctors, the pharmacists, the laboratory scientists, the nurses; so as part of the humanitarian service of the organisation it is also to contribute to national development through health care delivery system,” said Ikaka.
The NYSC boss noted that NYSC initiated the programme in 2015 and that the programme has been growing from strength to strength. “So we are here today, we were able to get drugs from donor agencies and with support from NYSC headquarters, the state secretariat was able to render free medical services to people in rural communities,” he said.
IKaka said he was impressed with the attendance as the programe ran through one week.