RAHI MEDICAL OUTREACH: PROVIDING QUALITATIVE FREE HEALTHCARE IN NIGER DELTA COMMUNITIES
In line with its vision of providing qualitative and affordable healthcare to the people of rural Africa through partnership with development partners and relevant stakeholders, RAHI Medical Outreach have in the last couple of months embarked on free medical services to conflict impacted communities in Niger Delta arising from the activities of ex-agitators.
This initiative was made possible with the support of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Progrmme.
The team which has traversed several states of the Niger Delta Region were recently at AJAKURAMA, the traditional home of the Egbema people and environs in Ovia South west LGA of Edo State where they kept hope alive in attending to the health challenges of the riverine Ijaw speaking community who are predominantly farmers, fishermen and artisans.
The inhabitants who trooped out in large numbers to Ajakurama primary health center, to avail themselves of the opportunity despite the harsh weather condition with several presenting complains and health issues were orderly throughout the duration of the outreach.
There were classical cases such as near ruptured appendix, suspected squamous cell carcinoma, excessive lipoma etc that were handled by the team of experienced doctors and nurses in addition to varied complains that were attended to at the various units of the outreach; Outpatient, Dental, Ophthalmic, Dental prosthesis, Laboratory and Pharmacy units.
According to Comrade Friday Ayadi, a youth leader and former Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) secretary, western zone, he said that, the entire Egbema people were happy with the wonderful job the RAHI team have done and for bringing succor to them through the outreach while appreciating Dr Chris Ekiyor, founder/CEO and President Emeritus, Ijaw Youth Council and the Presidential Amnesty office for incorporating the vulnerable groups in the re-integration process of the amnesty programme who thitherto, have not been affected since the inception of the programme.
He however appealed that such free medical health intervention should be sustained saying that if it was possible, the community would have requested for another one week free medical services in the community.