NO FEWER than 500 aged
persons from Kaiama
community in Kolokuma/
Opokuma Local Government
Area of Bayelsa State, yesterday,
benefited from the National
Youth Service Corps, NYSC,
medical outreach.
The medical outreach tagged
“Health Initiative for Rural
Dwellers” was initiated by the
Director-General of the corps,
Brigadier-General S Z Kazaure,
and aimed at enhancing
accessibility to healthcare
services by rural dwellers.
Scores of corps members
made up of medical doctors,
nurses, pharmacists and
laboratory scientists conducted
free medical screening,
examination, test and
sensitisation campaign, sharing
of drugs and mosquito nets to
the elderly.
The Bayelsa State Coordinator,
NYSC, Mrs. Loto Bolade, while
speaking at the flag-off exercise
in Kaima, said the programme
is aimed at utilising the skills
and knowledge of the corps
medical personnel made up of
doctors, nurses, pharmacists,
laboratory scientists among
others toward reaching out to
the less privileged in the society.
Bolade also noted that since
the programme was launched
in Bayelsa in 2015, it has made a
lot gains, as hundreds of people
have benefited from the exercise
across communities in the eight
local government areas.
Bolade, who advised the
beneficiaries to take their
health seriously and listen to
the advice of professionals,
expressed hope that the free
medical exercise will cement
the good relationship between
the NYSC and the people of
Kaiama Community.
She called for more support
to extend the programme to
other communities who are
eager to benefit from it. “The
NYSC has qualified medical
personnel who are here to
provide basic information and
services to you free of charge as
part of the enduring legacy of
the scheme to impact on its host
communities.
“I therefore charge you to
take advantage of this exercise
and were necessary you will
get referrals to better medical
facilities to enable you receive
quality healthcare, live a healthy
lifestyle and be productive even
in your old age.”
In his remark, the traditional
ruler of Kaiama community,
Sir Jerry Burutolu, commended
the federal government
for sustaining the NYSC
programme and praised the
initiators for their empathy for
rural people.
Responding on behalf of the
beneficiaries, a retired civil
servant, Elder Miebi Markson,
thanked the NYSC for bringing
succour to the less privileged in
the area, describing the exercise
as the first of its kind.

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