The senator representing Adamawa’s south senatorial zone, Sen Binos Dauda Yaroe has revealed that no fewer than 21,000 indigent patients got free treatment during the four medical outreaches he organized since assuming office.
The senator who disclosed at the end of the fourth medical outreach which took place in Mayo Belwa, Thursday, noted that his major area of priority is to ensure health for all noting that human activities will be completely imperiled without sound health.
” In my estimation, we have treated more than 21,000 people because, in Demsa, we have treated over 8,000 people, in Ganye, we treated over 5,000 people, in Guyuk, we treated over 3,000 people and so far, the information I have is that we have done over 5,000 people.
“So if you tally all the figures, it is something over 21,000. The important thing is that those people that needed medical help were able to get it for free,” he said.
The senator who expressed dismay over skewed budgetary provisions in favor of consumption noted that the situation is responsible for the infrastructural challenges bedeviling the country.
” You see the problems we have in this country are getting our priorities right. If you just go back to the 2020/2021 budget, you will find that the budget is skewed towards consumption. I have said several times when I was commenting on the 2020 budget that the budgets we do in this country are budgets of consumption.
“If you are having a budget of N13 trillion and out of it, only N4 trillion is allocated for capital you know that you are not going to make progress.
” So my advice to the Federal Government is to reorder its priorities and do those things that will make the largest impact on people. More appropriation should be given to the area of health to improve our health facilities and to get the equipment that we require,” he said.
Also speaking, the leader of the team of doctors and Director Soteria-Afrique, rural care health initiative, an indigenous nongovernmental organization, Dr. Talemoh Wycliffe Dah noted that his team has attended to more than 5,000 patients during the four-day free medical outreach.
He noted that the most prevalent illness they recorded during the outreach is eye-related ailments adding that they also recorded several cases of hernia, ulcers, hypertension, and malaria infections.
” I want to think that the illnesses that are peculiar to the eye are most prevalent but the other ones that are also peculiar are hernia, ulcers, hypertension in addition to infections like malaria.
” We have seen over 5,000 people. In the eye section alone, we attended to about 600 cases, out of them we carry out 179 eye surgeries in the last four days, we also distributed 402 lenses.
” There are about 309 surgeries done in the general surgery but there are about 30 to 40 still waiting. We are hoping to get them done tonight or tomorrow morning. So the number is going to be much more. Some of the surgeries include hernia, appendix fibroids, and a host of others.
“We have also given laboratory support to 2,296 people who were tested in the labs and some of them have four to five tests which means we have done more than a thousand tests. The dental department attended to 408 people,” he said.
Dah noted that over 250 volunteers including 25 doctors participated in the outreach adding that the feat achieved could be attributed to the number of personnel who were involved in the activity and the commitment they displayed.