Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abia State, Friday, flagged off a one day free medical outreach programme at Nkata Ibeku Community, in Umuahia North L.G.A of the state.

The programme which was its 2024 First Quarter Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme in the state was held at the European Hall Ogboh Nkata, Ibeku.

The State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs Ufuoma Dick-Iruenabere, while flagging off the programme, urged the residents to avail themselves the opportunity and access for free the healthcare services provided by the scheme.

She added that the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme was a noble initiative by the Scheme on a quarterly basis, aimed at mobilizing corps medical personnel, alongside medical equipment and supplies, generously donated by compassionate Nigerians, with the goal of providing free medical services to rural communities, and the unreached in the society.

She noted that the 2024 1st quarter HIRD Outreach programme, being hosted in Nkata Community, was the schemes little way of giving back to there host community in the state capital.

Furthermore, she commended all sponsors of the programme for reaching out to NYSC by way of donation of drugs, materials and funds for the hosting of the free medical outreach.

The Coordinator who acknowledged the fact that the Scheme in the past 50 years of her existence has not relented in ensuring that its mandate was vigorously pursued, by making meaningful impacts on the lives of the people, however stated that the free medical outreach, as laudable as it was, may not see the light of the day without the full support of stakeholders, and good spirited individuals.

She therefore called for more support and cooperation of all and sundry in facilitating the smooth implementation of other HIRD outreaches for the benefit of people in the rural communities.

Furthermore, she expressed appreciation to the Sponsors of the programme, including, Hon. Sir Ebuka Igwe, PUMEC Nigerian Limited, Blossom Women and Family Hospital, Madonna Catholic Hospital and Methodist Royal Cross Hospital Ugwueke for partnering with the scheme.

Pix: Rt. Hon. Austin Meregini (left) with Abia NYSC State Coordinator.

While appreciating NYSC for bringing the free medical care to his Constituency, Rt. Hon. Austin Meregini, Deputy Speaker Abia State House of Assembly, who also was one of the sponsors of the programme, advised the participants to take their health care needs seriously and follow the advice of the corps medical personnel that would be given them during the programme for their own good.

He promised to use his office to assist the Scheme take full possession and start utilizing their government allotted property which happened to be located in his community.

The 1st quarter free medical outreach
which witnessed large turnout of residents, also featured among others, three (3) and separate health talks by the corps medical personnel, free consultation, diagnostic test, free drugs, and treatments.

No fewer than 500 participants comprising of women children, the elderly and the leadership of the Nkata Ibeku Family meeting, were attended to during the outreach, which saw the corps medical personnel distribute free glasses to people with various eye challenges.


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