July 5, 2022 8:33 pm

Abia State: NYSC Carries HIRD To Uturu Community

By Our Reporter

The Chairman Isuikwuato LGA Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Uwadiegwu Ogbonnaya has commended the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC for providing free medical care to the indigents in the society through her Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, HIRD Programme.

The Royal father who gave the commendation during the 1st quarter HIRD programme held in Uturu, Isuikwuato LGA of Abia State, described the HIRD programme as one of the most laudable programmes of NYSC, however, called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders of the scheme,  to ensure the programme is sustained.

Eze Ogbonnaya


Eze, Dr. Ogbonnaya, who is the traditional ruler of Umuanyi Autonomous Community of Uturu, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the national health insurance act.

Some of the villagers


He passionately called on his people to take advantage of the Health Initiative  programme.


“I am calling on my people to take advantage of this opportunity, because a lot of people die for lack of medical care, in short, for lack of money.

Eye check section of the medical outreach


“So I commend NYSC for taking this initiative as well as Emmanuel Mbaka Foundation for the sponsorship”.


Furthermore, the Royal father commended NYSC for taking the initiative to bring to the people’s doorstep the free healthcare, even as he commended the Sponsor, Mbaka Foundation.

Chief Acho Kalu, The Village Head and one of the beneficiary of the programme expressed satisfaction for the exercise, saying that the residents has benefitted immensely from the gesture.


“Many people in my community have their health status checked today and those who had one health challenge or the other were properly attended to.


“The good thing about this is that everything was free including the drugs that were administered to us,” he said. 


Another beneficiary, Mrs Mary Ugwu said that she was grateful to NYSC and the sponsors for making the services available to them.


Mr Denis Jingi, State Coordinator NYSC Abia in his opening remarks said that the programme was the first quarter, 2022, HIRD programme of the scheme’s free medical outreach for rural dwellers.


He explained that it was part of the NYSC’s Community Development Service (CDS) to help the downtrodden and render selfless service for members of the community.


He thanked Mr Emmanuel Mbaka for the sponsorship through his foundation, and called on other community members to support corps members who may come up with laudable CDS projects.


 According to the coordinator NYSC brings the manpower while the community members who owns the project when fully executed, sponsors the programme.

An elderly person medical attention


No fewer than 100 members of the community with various forms of ailments were attended to by corps medical personnel who performed various  diagnosis, including minor medical procedures, treatments,  eye checks, referral of patients, dispensing of drugs and other medical consumables.

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