June 21 (THEWILL) – Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the local government area of ââIbesikpo Asutan in Akwa Ibom State say they are on the verge of having an impact on the lives of over 1,000 residents by providing free medical services to people with various ailments.
Members of the body made this public when the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (NYSC-HIRD) was reported by state coordinator Ms. Chinyere Ekwe at council headquarters on Monday.
The program will last a week.
Ekwe said the gesture has become necessary in order to strengthen national unity and integration.
She said the platform will provide an opportunity to touch the lives of people in the community in particular, the needy.
She said, âDriven by our determination to deepen the impact of our health services, management launched the NYSC-HIRD in 2014. It is a platform of contributions to improving well- be grassroots people by providing them with health care.
âThe program is widely implemented through medical outreach in communities across the country during which Corps medical volunteers perform diagnosis and treatment, including minor medical procedures and patient referral. .
âMedicines, glasses and other consumables are provided free of charge to patients. I’m happy to report that so far over two million people have been treated by the NYSC medical team on the HIRD platform.
One of the beneficiaries, Ms. Justina Etuk, who spoke to our correspondent, congratulated the NYSC for coming to her rescue.
Etuk described the outreach as appropriate and beneficial for the community, especially for those who could not afford to pay medical bills.