by crossriverwatch admin
Large crowds comprising, women, men youths and children plagued with different ailments are currently receiving free medical treatment facilitated by the Senator representing the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade.
The free medical outreach which is the third since 2012 provides free surgery for tumors, appendicitis, fibroid, cataract with free drugs. Counseling started on Monday, 22nd of April at the Obanlikwu General Hospital.
Dr. Daniel Jiang, the team head of the medical doctors and paramedical personnel who are administering the free medical outreach told crossriverwatch that they were brought into the country by Senator Ayade to treat people of various ailments including carrying out free surgical operations and dispensing free drugs.
“We are eight medical doctors from the United States including additional four brought from around Nigeria who are coming here in Obanlikwu under the auspices of Senator Ayade to provide free medical care for the people of his constituency”.
Jiang who is an expatriate said the program which kicked off on Monday would last for the next two weeks to ensure that the large crowd of those who have turned out is attended to and those who are administered drugs and surgery are monitored during a significant part of their medication period before the team departs.
“We were here in October 2012 where we attended to gynaecological cases but seeing that several other diseases plague the people too, the Senator said we should this time attend to everybody and as you see the large crowd, everyone would be attended to that is why we are calling on them to be orderly”.
Mr. Dele David, the pharmacist in charge of dispensing of drugs said the supply of drugs was facilitated by Senator Ben Ayade and the drugs cover all forms of treatment to ensure that everyone who is attended to is given the right and complete dosage of drugs required for the cure of the ailment.
“The drugs are broad range and are worth several millions of Naira supplied by the Senator so that everyone would be taken care of despite the nature of ailment”.
He said the equipment used by the team are supplied by Faith Care, a United States based religious organization while the equipment in the hospital were upgraded by Senator Ayade to meet the standard for complex operations.
“Outside taking care of the welfare, accommodation, security and transportation of the medical team, the Senator also upgraded some equipment in the hospital to facilitate the smooth conduct of the medical exercise”.
Dr Stephen Odey, the Special Assistant to Senator Ayade who is coordinating the scheme said the program which had taken place in Ogoja and Yala local government areas was brought to Obanlikwu to take care of the people of the area who could not travel to Ogoja and Yala since they are part of Senator Ayade’s constituents.
“The program had already taken place in Yala and Ogoja last year and the turnout was enormous so Senator Ayade had to bring back the medical team to take care of the people of Obanlikwu and Obudu”.
He denied that the Senator’s action was not driven by his ambition to become governor of the state in 2015 as it is being rumored by some people but driven by the desire to keep the people healthy.
“The man had been a philanthropist long before he became senator and his desire is to see the people healthy because it is said health is wealth; it is only those who are not familiar with the man that would say that he is driven by ambition to become governor but the truth is the senator had been reaching out to people long before his election”.
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