By Francis Nansak
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has perfected plans to reach out to about 30,000 rural dwellers in five communities across Nasarawa for its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme.
Brig.-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC Director-General inaugurated the 2021 week-long medical outreach in Giza Development Area of Nasarawa on Monday, with the theme: “Health is Wealth for Advancement”.
Represented by Mrs Gladys Adama, Deputy Director, NYSC Community Development Services (CDS) Ibrahim said since the launching of HIRD in 2014, the medical outreach had been a platform for contributions toward promoting the well-being of indigent persons at the grassroots by granting them easier access to free and quality healthcare.
“The programme is largely implemented through medical outreaches across the country during which the Corps Medical Volunteers carry out diagnosis, treatment including minor procedures and referrals of patients.
“Drugs, eye glasses and other medical consumables are given to patients free. I am pleased to report that so far, over two million persons have been attended to by the NYSC medical teams on the HIRD platform,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Stephen Dewan, Nasarawa Coordinator of NYSC said that about 30, 000 rural dwellers in five communities across the state would benefit for the week-long medical outreach.
“We don’t have a definite figure of the population of the communities but based on our capacity and our estimate, our target is around 30,000 rural dwellers to benefit from this year’s medical outreach.
“The communities benefitting from this year’s HIRD initiative are Giza for today. Andaha community in Akwanga will benefit on June 23, with Mararaba Udege development area taking its turn on June 24.
“Others are, Kurape community in Karshi development Area and Araku community in Lafia local Government Area all slated for same June 24,” he said.
Dewan noted that the HIRD programme had gained acceptance among rural communities across the country and sued for further collaboration with more organisations to enhance its activities.
The state coordinator thanked Giza community for the massive support for the health initiative and its hospitality to corps members serving there.
“The choice of Giza is not a mistake because NYSC has been very close to the people of this community. Since the setting up of the development area, we have had cause to send corps members here.
“The reports from those sent here is that they have been well received and well treated. So when it beholds on the NYSC DG to kick start this activity for the year 2021, the choice of Giza came first,” he said.
Hajiya Ramatu Adamu, a beneficiary of the outreach in Giza, thank God and the NYSC for the initiative.
Adamu expressed hope that the initiative would be sustained and replicated in other communities across the state to enable more indigent rural dwellers to benefit from the gesture.
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