Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has provided free medical treatment to over 15,000 patients across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi state.
The programme is being carried out by a non-governmental, medical organisation, Doctors On The Move Africa. Some of the services rendered included patients’ consultations and drugs, diabetics and hypertensive screening, reading glasses and cataract operation.
Other services are; surgeries such as lipomas, hernia, fibroids and goitre. The medical team at the outreach also provided services such as ultra-sound scanning, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis screening as well as public health campaigns.
Team leader of the NGO, Dr Joseph Haruna Kigbu, who spoke at the official flag off ceremony of the medical outreach at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, said the medical outreach will run for four weeks in the local government areas of Bauchi, Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Azare.
“By this same time last year, the doctors saw over 20,000 patients and conducted 430 cataract surgeries. In this second phase of the outreach, we will do general surgery which include both minor and major surgeries.
“We will also be scanning patients and do surgeries such as cataractectomy (eye surgery), hysterectomy (operation of the uterus) and myomectomy (fibroid surgery).We also provide 200 reading glasses for patients.
Dr. Kigbu, a former member of the National Assembly, commended the speaker for sponsoring the programme which enabled several poor patients across the state and other states of the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe to benefit.
Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi, had undertaken similar free medical outreach programmes in the past eight years for his constituents.