ABUJA (Min of Niger Delta Affairs) – Not less than 2,000 people in the Niger Delta region, have benefited from a 3 day Federal Government free medical outreach, at Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, organised recently.
This outreach which was put together by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, was meant to be a sensitization and enlightenment campaign programme on HIV/AIDS, Rollback Malaria, Cancer and Eye care in the Niger Delta region.
The Permanent Secretary, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education, Mrs Lauren Braide, called on stakeholders and Non-governmental Organizations to support government’s efforts in meeting the health needs of the people of the oil-rich region.
The event witnessed free eye surgery for over 100 people – children and the elderly inclusive, free test and distribution of drugs for people suffering from malaria, diabetes, high blood pressure and those living with HIV/AIDS.
In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Nko community, His Royal Majesty, Obel Effifiom Ayomobi, expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari. He stated further, that hopefully, more feats would be recorded in the Niger Delta Region and Nigeria at large.
Dr. Kamal Umar, who was the leader of the outreach said, his team was able to carry out effective treatment for the various ailments discovered on the people in the course of the exercise due to the cooperation of the people of the community. He added that all the eye surgeries carried out were successful and many who had almost lost their sight, got them restored and they were happy.
One of the beneficiaries of the eye surgery, Rtd Sergeant Ibor Ibor Enang, expressed happiness that his 22 years of suffering had been put to an end, with the Ministry of Niger Delta’s free eye surgery.
Deputy Director (Press)
16th June, 2019