By Alkasim Bala
Over one thousand Internally Displaced Persons and members of their host communities in Fune and Gujbal local Government Areaa have benefitted from free eye surgery and medical outreach conducted by a non governmental organization, the Relume Charitable Foundation.
The president of the foundation Professor Sherri Adeosun while highlighting the success recorded during free surgical and medical Professor Adeosun during the medical outreach sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Ventures, one thousand one hundred and fifty six patients have been attended to in the befitting LGAs.
According to her, nine types of surgeries were offered to 158 patients in the areas.
She listed the surgeries to include herniorrhaphy, cataract, ganglion excision, caesarean section, hydrocelectomy, appendectomy, anterior colporrhaphy, posterior colpoperineorraphy and excisional biopsy.
Professor Adeosun said the organisation had also provided full treatment and medication to 998 patients for various ailments.
The president pointed out that Community Health Extension Workers had earlier visited 2,240 households to gather data for the outreach aimed at providing emergency response to the needs of internally displaced persons and their hosts.
“ The objective of the health program in Fune and Gujba is to Improve IDPs and host communities’ well-being through sustainable access to safe health care delivery.
Professor Adeosun added that the health programme in Fune and Gujba incorporates house-to-house health data information capture and onsite medication, medical outreach with handling of minor surgeries, cataract surgeries and construction of primary health care facility.
In addition to building the capacity of stakeholders, the Relume Charitable Foundation was also building a state of the art healthcare facility at Ngelshengele community of Fune local Government.
She commended the local Community Based Organizations (CBO) and Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Yobe State Chapter, for their various supports in successful implementation of the programme.
A beneficiary of herniorrhaphy in Gujba, Malam Isa Baba said he has
suffered from the sickness for 15 years because he couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery.
Malam Isa Baba who said his health condition had significantly improved after the surgery, thanked the foundation for the gesture.
Another beneficiary of cataract surgery in Fune, Amina Adamu, who struggle with eye defect for nine years, also thanked the foundation for coming to her aid.