Wednesday, 28 October 2015

U.S. based Efik health professionals offer free medical care in Cross River

The Efik National Association, a group of medical professionals from Cross River in the U.S., has commenced a free medical outreach in some rural communities of the state.

The group’s spokesperson, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Andinam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Calabar that the association embarked on the programme to assist those in need.

"We are reaching out to areas which have medical centres and healthcare clinics without medicines. People here do not have the resources to access qualitative primary healthcare."

"We have a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and administrators led by Dr Felicia Bassey Akumune."

The spokesperson told NAN that the outreach had proven to be a success considering the turnout of beneficiaries in the areas so far visited.

Andinam said that the team had visited Boki, Obubra, Adiabo, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) community, Akamkpa, and Oban.

The Catholic priest from the Calabar Diocese currently loaned to the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., said the group also engaged in health education and offered advice on diets.

"We are three teams. There is also a dedicated team at The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) doing ambulatory surgery for the outreach."

"The heath conditions we saw, offered medical advice on, diagnosed and treated included high blood pressure, eye problems, diabetes and appendicitis," he added.

Andinam appealed to government at all levels to take healthcare of the citizens seriously.

"Yes, you built health centres long time ago but please equip them with professionals and resources for quality service delivery," he said.

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