Bwari Area Council of the FCT on Wednesday in Abuja organised a free medical outreach for people of the council, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Chairman of the council, Mr John Gabaya, while inaugurating the event said that the outreach, which was in collaboration with Dimples Medical Health Services, targets populace in the 10 wards of the council.
Gabaya, who was represented by the Secretary of the council, Mr Eli Kadanya, said that the initiative was to address minor health challenges, faced by residents.
“We urge all to take advantage of the services to check their present health status and where you are diagnosed with what we cannot provide here, we will advise you sought help elsewhere.
“Most importantly is to check your status and take the necessary steps in ensuring your wellbeing.
“We will begin today with Bwari central, Ushafa and Kuduru wards. Tomorrow we go to Igu and Shere, Kawu wards and Friday, we continue at Dutse, Kubwa, Usuma and Byazhin wards,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Magaji Basil, Director, Health and Human Services in the council, said that the initiative was a rare opportunity that must not waste.
Basil who spoke on the importance of welleing said that health check-up was a continuous process that should not be undermined, in order not to experience body break down.
He added that the body was like a moving vehicle, whose engine needed continuous servicing.
Basil assured that the council would continue to work with the stakeholders to ensure that the people benefited from similar initiatives that improve on their wellbeing.
Similarly, Dr Sunday Goji, one of the consultants and a former Director, Health and Human Services of the council also lauded the initiative.
He described the initiative as timely and appropriate to meet wirh the need of members of the communities who have had challenges accessing health care.
“Most of our people live far away and find it difficult to access these kinds of services and so, this is an opportunity for them to take advantage of.
”I pray and urge the council to sustain and ensure continuous services such as this. If possible, engage more partners to reach out to more people in these communities,” he said.
Goji listed General Consultation and Eye check-up as some of the services to be delivered, while explaining that hypertension and diabetes were some of the minor challenges on the lookout.
He urged beneficiaries to spread the information to others yet to benefit while urging them to continue to visit the nearest health centres within their reach to continue treatments after their diagnosis, as well as continuous check-up.
NAN reports that there was an average turn out of beneficiaries at the Bwari Township Clinic, with men, women and children, pregnant women and the elderly who queued up to be attended to. ( NAN)