By G9ija

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi state has flagged off a five-day free medical outreach for rural dwellers in Giade local government of Bauchi state under an initiative known as Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the exercise in Isawa community of Giade Local government area of Bauchi state on Tuesday, Alhaji Usman Sale, the Chairman, Giade LGA, said that the health intervention for rural dwellers is the second phase of the medical outreach and commended NYSC for bringing the outreach to the community.

Sale said that the health intervention was a gesture aimed at addressing the health needs of the community, calling on all residents of the area to take advantage of the intervention by coming out to receive medical treatment as it is free of charge.

“Whoever comes to give you free medical services like this, I think that’s somebody you open your arms and welcome. We are so glad. When the state Director of NYSC briefed me that they were interested in coming to offer free medical services, I welcomed the idea.

“I equally promised that we are going to do everything humanly possible as a government to support the process and here we are today. We have also supported the programme with drugs worth N350,000 and accommodations to NYSC officials, doctors and paramedics participating in the programme,” the chairman said.

He called on the people of the community to come out to avail themselves of the opportunity to benefit from the free medical outreach.

In his speech, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, said some of the ailments to be attended to free of charge includes malaria, typhoid, hypertension, diarrhoea, cholera, diabetes among others.

Abubakar who explained that the exercise is open to the people of Misau and Gatagum LGAs noted that any other ailment that superseded the power of the Corps Medical Volunteers would be referred to a more competent hospital for treatment.

“Our medical team is ready. This is a programme where we need to touch the nooks and crannies of Bauchi state. We went to Yelwa Duguri and Yashi in Alkaleri Local Government during the first phase of the exercise and now in Isawa community in Giade Local Government which is a different axis of the state.

“My expectation is that the people of this community would benefit a lot from this medical outreach because we brought the drugs that will take care of those ailments,” he said.