By Asma’u Ahmad
The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) has commenced free medical outreach for five thousand IDPs and the less privileged in Gombe.
The committee Vice-Chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after inspecting the venue of the outreach in Gombe.
“I am impressed with what I saw on ground, the health personnel who were deployed to work, were attending to sick people. I can see many people were accessing eye and dental care, while other medical problems were also receiving attention,” he said.
Tumsa said that the outreach, which began on Monday, would last for one week. The committee vice-chairman said that about 70 health workers and volunteers as well as 30 doctors were deployed to work at the camp. He said that the target was to attend to five thousand people.
According to him, but from what I saw on ground, they may surpass the initial target because of the number of people coming. He commended the people for behaving orderly, urging them to remain calm to access the free healthcare.
Also, Dr Samson Egbunu, the outreach Coordinator, said that a team of doctors from Pro-Health International had been invited for the programme. Egbunu said that they would conduct the outreach in collaboration with few doctors from the state Specialist Hospital.
He said that they had conducted numbers of eyes, dental and general surgeries at the commencement of the programme. “We are also attending to malnourished children, giving them supplement and the treatment required. “We have drugs in sufficient quantity and it is free of charge,’’ he said.