By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Al-Ihsan Foundation, on Sunday, provided free medical services to 500 men, women and children in Kaduna, under its Medical Outreach programme.
Chairperson of the programme, Dr Zainab Muhammad-Idris, disclosed that the goal was to render service to humanity by giving back to the society.
Muhammad-Idris explained that the outreach programme tagged, “Heal with the Love of a Mother” was in collaboration with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Kaduna State Branch.
According to her, the move is to touch the lives of the people, particularly the common people in communities who cannot afford basic healthcare services.
“So, today we are providing basic healthcare services to people from various communities in Kaduna metropolis, particularly women, children and pregnant women.
“We are screening people for high blood pressure, sugar level, malaria and urinalysis to manage wide range of disorders.
“We are also providing Pap smear screening for cervical cancer and other cancerous diseases for women of reproductive age, including therapies among other basic health services.
“We equally sensitised the beneficiaries on Lassa fever and coronavirus during our health talk to educate people on how they can prevent themselves from getting infected and the signs to look at for,” she said.
She added that those found with serious health issues would be referred to appropriate health centres for appropriate attention.
Also speaking, President of the foundation, Aisha Mujaddadi, described the outreach programme as a “service to humanity’’, that impact on the lives of people at the bottom of the society.
Mujaddadi said that the outreach was second in the series many more health-related services that would be roll out to the people who cannot afford basic healthcare services and other necessities of life.
“Health is one area that people are in dire need of support, as you can see from the turn out, men, children, women, pregnant women, including the aged have come to get health services.
“We are looking forward to partnering with other organisations to continue to reach out to people in communities with life-changing services that would improve their quality of life,” she said.
The president explained that the medical outreach was the foundation’s programme outlined for the first quarter among other people oriented programmes planned for 2020.
She added that in the second quarter, the foundation would hold Ramadan Lecture to remind the Muslim umma on how to conduct themselves as Allah has commanded.
“We will also hold Ramadan Gesture to feed people or donates food items to the people. In 2019 we reached out to about 1000. We hope to do more this year.
“Our plan for the third quarter is hospital and prison visitations, while we hope to sink boreholes in communities in dire need of clean water,” she said.
On her part, Dr Hassana Yakasai, Assistant Secretary, MWAN, said the collaboration with Al-Ihsan Foundation was born out of a concern to provide healthcare services to the poor in communities.
She said that the association would continue to partner with government agencies and other organisations to reach out to people in need of medication services.
Some of the beneficiaries described the gesture as “commendable’’ and called on other organisations to emulate the life-saving gesture of Al-Ihsan Foundation and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.
One of them, Hafsat Idris, said she hardly goes to the hospital because she cannot afford the bills, adding that the medical outreach programme provides people like her the needed medical services.
“We pray that there are more people and organisations out there that will remember people like us and find a way of reaching out to us with medical services at no cost,” she said.
Malam Liman Adamu, another beneficiary, thanked the organisations for recognising that people are in need of medical attention in communities, but could not make it to the hospital.
Adamu said that the world would be a better place if abled people and organisations would learn to give a helping hand to those in need.