The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Niger State Chapter, has offered free surgery and medical services to approximately 340 indigents in Busu Community, Lavun Local Government Area, Nigeria. State of Niger.
Speaking shortly after Saturday’s medical and surgical outreach in Busu, Dr. Mohammed Yusuf, President of NMA, Niger State Chapter, who is also on staff at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Bida explained that 282 patients had benefited from free medical consultations.
It revealed that 16 patients underwent general surgeries, while 42 underwent obstetric ultrasound.
“It’s our doctors week, it’s time to give back to society and part of that is we want to see how we can make medical services free.
“Delivering health care in Nigeria is not something the government alone can do and financing health care is what people are used to. You pay out of pocket and to reduce this direct healthcare funding that is why we are providing such free medical services to our people,” Dr Yusuf said.
According to him, medical outreach to people in Busu community and surrounding areas is an annual event where members of the association reach out to the indigent as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Dr Yusuf said the association does its best every year to see how it can help indigent people with health problems.
He pointed out that the Busu community is an agrarian community with many elderly citizens, adding that some of the common health issues observed include hypertension, diabetes, malaria and hernia.
He listed some of the surgeries that have been performed to include hernia, lipoma and hydrocele surgeries among others.
The NMA president advises people to always schedule time for a medical evaluation, adding that early detection of disease can save lives.
Yusuf urged the government to partner more with the association in order to reach as many communities as possible and support them in their various health challenges.
In his word of appreciation, a relative of one of the former patients who underwent surgery praised the doctors for their humanitarian gestures and for saving his son’s life.
Also speaking, Hajiya Fatima Idris-Busu, Alhaji Usman Mohammed-Somaji praised the doctors for sacrificing their time on their tight schedule to come and offer them free medical services.
They said the gesture is timely given the current economic difficulties the people are facing and prayed to God to always be their strength and guide in carrying out their duties.