In her effort to improve the health of Tarabans as well as take health to those in need of it, the T.Y Danjuma Foundation in collaboration with Pro-Health International has organised a 5-day free Medical outreach for the less privileged in Taraba.
The programme which was held at the Turaki Model Primary Health Care Centre began on Monday 4 April,2016 and ends Friday 8 April, 2016.
Talking to Taravoices yesterday at the venue of the event, one of the coordinators, Mr. Olugbemiga Illori stated that, the main aim of the programme was to help those that needed health care but could not afford it.
According to Mr. Illori, the State is in dire need of health care as it could be seen by the large turnout of patients, adding that, it has been discovered that children were worst affected by eye problems which he said is as a result of poor environmental conditions.
He however lamented the poor response to the programme stressing that among letters sent to the State Government and Ministry of Health, only the latter responded by Introducing them to the primary health center, pointing out that no media coverage was done concerning the programme.
He emphasised that if the State Government was involved in the programme, the success recorded would have been greater, as all manner of ailments were been attended to, including free surgery for patients within and outside Jalingo, pointing out that the health facility needed urgent attention as it is in need of more Doctors, nurses as well as equipment since that is where people go to access Medical care when the need arises.
He also revealed that, the group will be proceeding to Wukari LGA where it will be attending to the sick in the IDP camps from next week adding that venue for the programme is General Hospital Wukari.
Mr. Chris Njoko, also one of the coordinators while expressing hope to further work with the State Government concerning the health of its citizens appreciated her for accepting them, stating that if they were not welcomed, they would not have achieved their mission.
Mr. Njoko who pointed out that a lot needs to be done in the Health Sector of the State also said there was need for the Government to be part of what they are doing especially as it concerns its citizens, adding that if they had been involved, the organisers would have a more conducive working environment and achieved more than it has done.
Also Speaking, the In charge of the Health Care Centre, Bashir Tukur appreciated the organisers for its initiative of helping the less privileged in the provision of free healthcare for all ailments.
Mr. Bashir who prayed God to bless and reward the team noted that they were a quality team with qualitative service.
He further called on the beneficiaries to exercise patience as the group was doing its best to see that they are all attended to, and also to the State Government to intervene in employment of medical personnel as the Clinic has shortage of staff as well as medical equipment.
Two of the beneficiaries, Amina Alhaji Sani and Hadiza Sani Gassol expressed delight over the event stressing that it is a great thing to see people sacrifice in order for the less privileged to live a healthy life, as they prayed God to bless the organisers of the programme.
They however lamented the tedious process of waiting due to the large crowd, emphasising that some patients had been there since the early hours of the morning, yet could not obtain cards not to talk of medical attention as they called on Government and Individuals to assist in the good work the group is doing.