The Abia State Government has lauded the National Youth Service Corps for the free medical outreaches it carried out in several rural communities within the state.
Speaking at the launch of the second quarter of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme held in Amibo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem, expressed gratitude for the medical intervention.
He congratulated NYSC on its 50th anniversary, noting that the scheme had achieved its objectives by contributing to the growth and development of the nation.
He thanked the NYSC for bringing the medical outreach to the rural areas and pointed out that it has helped to give beneficiaries first-time information about their health status.
Also, the Traditional Ruler of Amibo, Marcus Ukandu, thanked the NYSC and called for the sustenance of the health initiative.
He said, “We are excited that NYSC brought this free medical outreach to our community because they say ‘health is wealth’.
“Last night, the town crier went round the community to inform our people about this programme. That is why you have many of us gathered here today.”
While declaring the event open, the Abia State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Ufuoma Dick-Iruenabere, said it was remarkable that the exercise was happening at a time the scheme was celebrating its 50th anniversary.
She explained that HIRD had a core responsibility of mobilising corps medical personnel toward the provision of health interventions.
She said that the scheme was prepared to make adequate use of the abundant skilled human resources at its disposal to improve the quality of life of people.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Joy Chikezie, thanked the NYSC for offering them free medical service right in their community.
“I didn’t have money to buy drugs, but I got them for free here,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the free medical services featured consultations, laboratory tests, treatment and dispensing of drugs.