Over 300 Cameroonian refugees and members of their host communities received free medical services from the Nigerian Red Cross Society in partnership with the Cross River State Government.
The beneficiaries, who are resident in Calabar, the state capital, received medical services ranging from blood sugar level check, optometry, blood pressure check, dental care, children immunization and covid-19 vaccination.
Prior to the exercise, the director of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong had encouraged the people including the host community to patronise the newly constructed and equipped health care center in their locality.
Dr Ekpenyong who condemned the practice of self medication amongst the people, advised them to imbibe healthy living and life-saving habits.
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“You must learn to rest well. Some of you sleep less than five hours daily and it is not good for your body. Do not engage in heavy drinking, smoking and go for regular health check-up and maintain good personal hygiene”.
She further thanked the Nigerian Red Cross Society for partnering with the state government on healthcare delivery to the host communities besides the refugees.
“Recently, they helped to build a new health facility on Garden street that would serve the refugees and host community. It was one of those high impact interventions to see that those who are sick are cared for.
One of the beneficiaries, Matilda Obiang thanked the state government for the safety and peace they now enjoy devoid of any form of discrimination and applauded the Nigerian Red Cross Society for the free health care services.