Over 500 elderly indigenes of Kaiama community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State yesterday benefited from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) medical outreach programme.
The NYSC medical outreach tagged “Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers” is an initiative of the Director-General of the Corps, Brigadier General SZ Kazaure and aimed at enhancing accessibility to healthcare services by rural dwellers.
Scores of corps members, made up of medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists conducted free medical screening, examination, test and sensitization campaign, sharing of drugs and mosquito nets to the elderly indigenes of the area.
The Bayelsa State coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Loto Bolade, while speaking at the flag off exercise at Kaiama, said the programme is aimed at utilizing the skills and knowledge of corps medical personnel made of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists among others towards reaching out to the less privileged in the society.
Mrs. Bolade also noted that since the programme was launched in Bayelsa in 2015 it has made a lot gains, as hundreds of persons have benefited from the exercise across communities in the eight local government areas of the State.
Bolade, who advised the beneficiaries to take their health seriously and listen to the advice of professionals, expressed hope that the free medical exercise will cement the good relationship between the NYSC scheme and the people of Kaiama community.
She called for more support to extend the programme to other communities who are eager to benefit from the exercise, “The NYSC has well qualified medical personnel who are here to provide basic information and services to you free of charge as part of the enduring legacy of the NYSC to impact on its host communities.”
“I therefore charge you to take advantage of this exercise and where necessary you will get referrals to better medical facility to enable you receive quality healthcare, live a healthy lifestyle and be productive even in your old age.”
In his remark, the traditional ruler of Kaiama community, Sir. Jerry O Burutolu, commended the Federal government for sustaining the NYSC programme and praised the initiators of the programme for their empathy for the rural people.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, a retired civil servant, Elder Miebi Markson thanked the NYSC for bringing succour to the less privileged in the area, describing the exercise as the first of its kind.
“As aged people we need period health screening, but sometimes it is expensive. NYSC should be commended for bringing this free medical programme to our doorsteps because it will save a lot of lives. Some persons rely on self-medication because of the cost of getting quality healthcare. I commend them a lot”, Markson stressed.