No fewer than 2,500 persons have benefitted from the medical outreach conducted by the Kebbi chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Birnin-Kebbi council.
The outreach covered dental and gynaecological cases ad well as awareness campaign on cancer, particularly cervical cancer.
NMA chairman in Kebbi, Dr Murtala Muhammad-Dandare, told the News Agency of Nigeria that theAN, in Birnin-Kebbi on Wednesday that the outreach was organised in collaboration with the Kebbi State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, KECHEMA, to provide free and quality healthcare service.
“We organise the outreach in collaboration with KECHEMA annually as part of programmes for our annual general meetings.
“We conducted outreaches in other council areas in the past, but a bigger outreach is being organised to cover free surgeries.
“In the August outreach, beneficiaries requiring surgeries were noted for the oncoming outreach’’, he said.
The chapter chairman also disclosed that the outreaches were usually funded through members’ monthly contributions and donations by individuals and organisations.
“We rely solely on our members’ monthly contributions and sometimes donations by philanthropists and organisations.
“We appreciate KECHEMA and thank the organisation for its efforts and assistance in the procurement of drugs and the provision of logistics’’, he said.
Dandare called on the state government to assist the association to expand the outreaches to remote communities of Kebbi state.