Over 500 indigent persons in Wubel Village of Chakfem in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State have been offered a lifeline as Victor Bello Foundation, Yahaya Kwande Foundation and Medicliq Healthcare carried out free medical outreach in the community.
Most of the villagers who are battling with life-threatening diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B among other diseases which has perished several lives were treated and given free drugs as part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage in Plateau.
It was observed that those who turned out for the two-day medical outreach which commenced on Saturday include women, children, and the aged while over 50 volunteer doctors, pharmacists, and nurses were on the ground to attend to the poor villagers.
Victor Bello who addressed the mammoth crowd in the community explained that it has become a tradition for his Foundation and Yahaya Kwande Foundation to offer free medical treatment to rural communities in December every year.
He said the gesture was part of their efforts to bring succor and provide accessible healthcare services to vulnerable persons in Plateau.
“This is the fourth edition of medical outreach that the Victor Bello Foundation and Yahaya Kwande Foundation are giving every December to create awareness of personal hygiene; to give self-medication and free drugs to indigent persons.
“This year, we are in Wubel Village of Chakfem in Mangu and we are targeting over 500 persons, we have enough medical personnel and drugs to reach the target population. We have about 50 doctors, pharmacists, and nurses to attend to the crowd.”
He explained that they are well equipped to treat every kind of disease and that the Foundations have also made provision for referral to bigger health facilities for cases that are beyond.
Founder of Yahaya Kwande Foundation and renowned Philanthropist, Yusuf Yahaya-Kwande said the gesture is to try and do some gap bridging by providing short-term high-quality healthcare and health education to the community dwellers and referring those that have Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) or require surgical care that is unable to be treated to an appropriate health facility.