By: Chiadikobi Ozor
Over 7000 patients in Nsukka/Igboeze South federal constituency are currently recieving free medical attention at university of Nigeria teaching hospital UNTH annex in Nsukka.
The treatment at Obukpa in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state is courtesy of Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu, member representing Nsukka/Igboeze federal constituency in collaboration with Doctors on the Move Africa.
Speaking with journalists at UNTH annex, Obukpa venue of the Free medical outreach, Dr. Joseph Kigbu, consultant obtestrician/gynecologist and team leader of Doctors on Move Africa, said that the medical team in partnership with Dr. Pat Asadu has been offering free medical treatment in the past seven years in the federal constituency to all manner of patients on short term medical outreach for local communities.
Dr. Kigbu noted that the medical outreach conducted major and minor surgeries, eye treatment dentistry, general surgeries among others, adding that the outreach also dispensed drugs with various tests.
He explained that in each of the medical outreaches in the past seven years, about 6000 patients receive free medical attention while over 150 patients underwent different surgeries ranging from hernia, goiter, fibroid and glaucoma.
“Some major surgeries like fibroids which cost about N1 million while insulector N3 million among others, all these cannot be funded by one person alone. Doctors on the move Africa partners with both state, federal governments and politicians to reach the local communities as we are not all out to make money but to do our best on health challenges of people in different areas”
Dr. Kigbu called on government to queue into short time medical outreaches to assist the local farmers that are not captured into the government health insurance scheme and could not afford the bills at the hospitals.
He also appealed to Enugu state government to encourage short time medical outreach to help rural dwellers with hernia, goiter and other ailments.
“We are not comfortable with the the structures on ground at the UNTH annex Obukpa. We carry out 150 surgeries in one week. We continue to encourage Dr. Asadu to continue lobbying for the rehabilitation of the hospital, like the theatre, there is no esytatic machines for operations, intensive care nurses for major operations.
” I strongly call on Enugu state government to rehabilitate the road leading to the UNTH annex Obukpa for essence of emergency cases”
Ministry of health should as a matter of necessity and urgency upgrade the hospital as patients load of health challenges is very high in the locality.
Dr. Grace Uga eye consultant of team said that carterite and galcoma cases are high in the area, noting that the unit sees about 2000 cases of different eye problems in five days, saying that the team dispense glasses and carry out eye operations.
In remark, the chairman, People’s Democratic Party PDP Igboeze South local government area Princess Dr. Dr. Chiwendu Ogbonna expressed delight over the gesture of Dr. Pat Asadu torching on the health challenges of people of the constituency
She called on other elected political office holders to partner with NGOs and other agencies to embark on Short time medical outreaches to change the narrative of health challenges.