A group of Young Medical Doctors in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) who have completed their internship programme have embarked on free medical campaign in rural communities in Cross River State and cities centres.
The leader of the group Doctor Joseph Ekon spoke with newsmen at Big Qua Townhall Primary health centre Calabar at the end of their three days give back campaign.
He said the exercise was part of their routine programme over the years to give succor to the less privileged in the society who are not financially buoyant to foot their medical bills.
Dr. Joseph Ekon said that the services and drugs provided during the campaign were drugs and tests and serious cases were referred to places where specialist treatment could be easily accessed.
The Medical group believe the future of this country is the young people in the society and that there was need to give more and expect less from the society.
According to him, bills and drugs provided during the campaign as well as the surgical operations were managed by the young medical doctors from their pockets.
“We have counselling centres in many communities and we are talking to patients on their ailments in the areas we can bring medical services close to them”
“We are expecting children that cuts across all age grades and we plan to have more than 500 of them. We are still waiting for them”. “The exercise began with the testing of blood pressure, investigation like HIV, blood sugar and rest vial clinic”.
“Other exercises were if the people had enough blood, drugs and anti-malaria drugs”.
A pensioner and beneficiary of the programme, Mr Eka Etim told journalists that he got the information yesterday concerning the free medical treatment through the community town crier. “I have come to discover many health issues about myself today free. God will bless the young medical Doctors and their family”.
“Many times I go for a medical check-up, I will be asked to pay for the bills that I will not be able to settle. My health has been deteriorating for many years now. I thank young doctors and their parent for this wonderful gesture”
Also speaking at the event Mrs Muratta Timotope Akiola expressed satisfaction with the services rendered, thanking God for the exercise.
“Today we have attended to 40 patients. This is just 12 pm and we closed by 5 pm. We are expecting children of all grades. We plan to have more than 500. This particular exercise is coming from Dr Joseph Ekang who is a member of the community”.