REPORTER: AMECHI ODO
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it is committed to using it’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers to bridge the gaps in health care delivery among rural dwellers in the country.
The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Muhammadu Fadah, stated this in a message to the launch of the Initiative in Umuogudu Akpu Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Represented by the State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Bamai Mercy, the Director General explained that the Initiative was aimed at bringing free medical care to the door steps of vulnerable persons in rural communities and called on the people of the state to take advantage of the gesture.
“In the light of the above, the Director General has resolved that the scheme will continue to remain committed, dedicated and focused in bringing smiles to the faces of the down trodden and the poor masses in our communities, who ordinarily would not afford hospital bills,” the representative of NYSC DG said.
Sensitizing nursing mothers to some health issues, a Corps doctor, Adedamoke Jegede, observed that cases of gastroenteritis were common in the state.
The Corps doctor urged nursing mothers to always maintaining high level of hygiene while feeding their babies and to give them safe drinking water.
“Gastroenteritis is common in the state and it is caused by a bacteria. Symptoms include vomiting and dysentery and I urge our mothers to always give treated water or boiled water to their babies,” Dr. Jegede admonished.
The Traditional Ruler of Umuogudu Akpu Community, Eze Godwin Ngaduogba, and a nursing mother, Mrs. Modesta Eze, expressed their appreciations to NYSC but described access to safe drinking water in the community as most challenging.
They complained that the only borehole, which hitherto was a source of drinking water, had broken down and called for its repair or provision of another one.
Highlights of the programme included checking of vital signs and provision of drugs to the rural dwellers.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU