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Over 1000 people to benefit from free medical services in Taraba


Over 1000 people to benefit from free medical services in Taraba

Story from Ahmed USMAN, Jalingo

More than one thousand people have been earmarked to benefit during a medical outreach programme sponsored by a Jalingo-based businessman Alhaji Umaru Yola, in conjunction with Taraba State Chapter of Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN).

The event set to hold in Jalingo, the state capital will cover free surgeries for hernia and cataract.

Speaking with Neptune Prime correspondent, a member of the organising committee, Alkasim Dalhatu explained that the medical outreach was sponsored by Alhaji Umaru Yola, while IMAN is providing technical support.

According to him, the organisers planned to attend to one thousand people only and so far about seven hundred have registered indicating that by next week, when the exercise would end, more than one thousand people would be attended to.

Dalhatu explained that the number of people who want to benefit from the free medical services are already  exceeding the proposed plan.

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“For example, we planned to provide surgery for one hundred people with hernia but so far we exceeded the planned number. A request has been sent to the sponsor of the exercise waiting for his approval for the additional beneficiaries”.

On those with eyes problems, Dalhatu who was the former Ameer of IMAN in Taraba State revealed that one thousand people were earmarked for treatments and surgeries and so far over seven hundred have registered, stressing that the turn out of people was very high and by the end of the week, the figure will exceed the initial one thousand.

“Cards were issued to seven hundred and twenty two people. They were given eye glasses and medicine. Some were offered advises while others were given referrals to health institutions for further treatment. Saturday, the 19th of this month has been set aside for surgery to those with serious eyes problem. They are 116”. He said.

He said the exercise is witnessing high turn out of people from all nook and cranny of the state and beyond, irrespective of religious or tribal inclination.

He expressed satisfaction with the exercise, adding that it has been a hitch-free event as the organisers provided everything needed with proactive measures to tackle unforeseen problems.

Dalhatu who applauded the officials of Taraba State Chapter of Islamic Medical Association (IMAN) for their service, showered encomium on Alhaji Umaru Yola for sponsoring the medical outreach and appealed to wealthy individuals in the society to emulate him by reducing the hardship faced by people during this hard economic times.

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