From Gyang Bere, Jose
Following the traumatic condition and life-threatening illnesses among residents of Riyom and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas in Plateau State following violent attacks, a member representing Barkin Federal Constituency -Ladi Riyom in the House of Representatives, Hon. Simon Mwadkwon, offered free medical services to over 4,000 internally displaced and indigent people.
Hon. Mwadkwon said the medical outreach that took place simultaneously at Barkin-Ladi General Hospital and Riyom Trauma Healing Hospital became necessary due to the lack of affordable and accessible medical services for indigent people. from the community.
The lawmaker who spoke to reporters about Barkin-Ladi through his director of media and publicity, Amb. Friday Bako said the decades of violence in the two areas of the council have left many people with life-threatening illnesses that have claimed many lives.
“You can see women, children and the elderly queuing up for free medical services and more than 4,000 people have been designated to benefit from these medical services,” he said.
“The three-day medical outreach helped many women and children who were diagnosed and given free medicine. Those with complicated issues such as surgery were also performed, but those with severe issues were referred to Jos University Hospital (JUTH) and the medical bill will be paid by the legislator.
He assured that there were enough medical personnel on the ground to deal with all kinds of problems, and said there were enough consumables and medicines to treat more than 4,000 people.
“We have different categories of doctors in the field, we have optometrists, ophthalmologists, dentists and surgeons. We also have gynecologists who examine pregnant women. Malaria, typhoid and different diseases were also treated.
Jos University Hospital (JUTH) ophthalmologist Dr. Tenman Panshak described the process as smooth and said that due attention was given to people with different illnesses.
“So far we have seen people with eye problems and also given them glasses and eye medication. We have enough glasses and medicine to take care of people.
A Senior Registrar of the JUHT Department of Chemical Pathology, Dr. Chomo Datiyi, said the free medical outreach sponsored by Hon. Simon Mwadkwon aims to provide indigent people with access to medical services to achieve universal health coverage.
He explained that doctors were divided into different departments to care for people who are both indigenous and people from the Fulani community.
“We have gynecologists to see pregnant women and women with gynecological problems. We have an emergency unit here for people in critical condition. We have an 18 year old boy who came in in critical condition and is in admission.
“We have people with sickle cell disease, arthritis, chronic malaria, typhoid and other diseases, we have given them emergency treatment and they are responding to treatment.
“We’ve seen people with chronic hepatitis and it’s not something you’ll deal with in a day, you need to follow up to make sure they have their meds. It is also necessary to carry out laboratory investigations to know the stages among others.
“These drugs you say are free and are given to people for free. No one pays anything here for any of the services. And in case we are not able to run out of drugs, we will hand them over to hospitals and administer them free of charge,” he said.
Veronica Gideon Dokos, a beneficiary, expressed her gratitude for providing the medical exercise and said that she was diagnosed and her daughter had malaria and they were given free medicine.
“We are grateful to the legislator because we cannot afford the treatment we have been given. If we had gone to the hospital, there would have been so much money at stake and we couldn’t afford it.
Another beneficiary, Mandiyal Tanko Alex, described Mwadkwon as a godsend, saying people are struggling with different conditions including trauma from prolonged violence in various localities.
“The violent attacks on residents of various villages here have left many people in despair. We have people struggling with traumatic conditions because their parents have been killed and their homes destroyed.
“Some have suffered life-threatening injuries that they are still battling with, while others have seen their sources of income destroyed and cannot afford medical services. This free medical assistance will help our people and I have benefited from it,” he said.