Over 1500 residents of Kabba/Bunu/ Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi state have benefited from the free medical outreach facilitated by Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf, a lawmaker representing the constituency at the National Assembly.
Hon. Yusuf at the end of the three-day programme held at St Augustine College Kabba on Sunday, said the free medical outreach was part of his campaign promises to ensure that the people of his constituency have access to quality health care service.
He added that the over 1500 beneficiaries of the programme got free drugs, eye screening and glasses.
“A lot of people die due to lack of money to finance their health challenges. I grew up in this environment and I know what it entails when it comes to health challenges.
“Free health care is one of the promises I made during my electioneering campaign. I will make sure that within my power I will assist my constituents in terms of quality healthcare and that is why I influenced this programme to better the health of the people that gave me the mandate,” he said.
Hon. Yusuf, who was represented by one of his aides, Mr Olajide Johnson, advised the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity in improving the standard of their health.
Dr Ayodele Elewurele who spoke on behalf of other doctors disclosed that through the free medical outreach, people were treated in the areas of malaria, diabetes, ulcer, hypertension among others.
“My major advice to the beneficiaries is to take their health issues seriously by checking their diet intake and for patients with high blood pressure to avoid too much salt while those with diabetes should avoid sugar intake,” he said.
A beneficiary of the free medical service, Habitat Abdullahi said she was diagnosed with eye problem and persistent headache, confirming that she was given free treatment and drugs.