Over 500 residents of Paze village in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the FCT have benefited from a free medical outreach by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS)
The outreach titled the ” Village Doctor ” was organised over the weekend to provide free medical services, including health assessment and on-the-spot free treatment to over 500 residents of the community and environs.
Speaking to journalists during the programme, Nnamdi Eze the Capoon Zuma Deck, said the outreach is part of the humanitarian services of the Association.
He said NAS has been involved in electoral process monitoring, human rights advocacy and community outreach.
According to him, “We identify communities that lack presence of healthcare services. We understand that the cost of medical care is very prohibitive at a time when families are struggling to make a living. So this is our way of intervening. We are intervening in a gap that is obvious in our society.”
On his part, the coordinator of the outreach, Dr Uju Patrick, said the residents were being screened for malaria, typhoid , etmye defects and other common ailments.
He said drugs will be provided and also in special cases that needs further medical referrals, the association will follow up and pay the medical bills.
He said, “We look at the society and we see where some basic amenities of survival are lacking, then we try to bring in whatever we can. We did a survey of about 7 communities in Bwari Area Council and we discovered that this community doesn’t have any health services despite its large population. We are are bringing succour to the residents, no matter how little.”
Also speaking Mr Assy David who is the president of the Greenstrides Development Initiative said his organisation partnered with the Seadogs to ensure the success of the project.
He called out other well meaning Nigerians to embark on such laudable initiatives and compliment the efforts of government in proving quality healthcare services particularly in rural areas.