BY FRANCIS OKOYE, Maiduguri –
In continuation of its corporate social responsibility to the host community, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has offered free medical services to 3,500 persons in Bulunkutu area of Borno State.
The NYSC Medical Outreach which started in Kushari community of Maisandari ward in Maiduguri last Friday where over 2,500 residents were treated recorded success in Bulunkutu as many residents trooped out to receive treatment on various ailments.
Speaking on the exercise, the NYSC State coordinator in Borno, Alhaji Rabiu Aminu said the medical outreach is a quarterly exercise embarked upon by the NYSC all over the federation as its corporate social responsibility to the host communities.
He noted that the exercise have not been going on in Borno for the past three years because of the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that with the return of peace, NYSC decided to reintroduce the exercise.
He said over 20 medical personnel comprising Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Laboratory scientists drawn from serving youths corps members have been made available to offer free medical services to the people.
“We have available drugs that can take care of patients during the exercise. We have enough medical team on ground to carry out the exercise. We have been assisted with drugs by World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other private partners.
“In Kushari alone, we treated over 2,500 persons while here in Bulunkutu, more than 3,500 residents have been treated of various ailments ,” Alhaji Aminu said.
He added that the exercise is a continuous one that comes quarterly as far as drugs are available.
The head of the NYSC medical team and a serving youth corps member, Dr Taofeek Yusuf said so far, cases identified among the patients range from Typhoid and malaria, respiratory diseases, cholera and malnutrition.
Dr Yusuf added that his team is determined to offer its best to the communities , hence he solicited for maximum cooperation from the residents while the exercise lasts.