The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) dewormed a total of 156 students as part of its medical outreach in Lofan, Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau, as part of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme.
Food, toiletries, clothing, and cash were also distributed to the elderly in the community by the NYSC-HIRD, which began its one-week free medical outreach nationally on Monday, June 21.
The Plateau State NYSC coordinator, Ms Caroline Embu, presided over the deworming on Wednesday, June 23, in Lofan.
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The goal of the medical outreach, according to Embu, is to provide basic healthcare to indigent rural residents.
She also stated that the donation of food, toiletries, clothing, and money to the community is intended to assist the elderly.
Mr Dashwei Chungwom, the Gwom Rwey of Fan, lauded the NYSC for its initiative to provide healthcare to individuals living in rural areas.
He stated that the outreach would further improve the community’s ties with the NYSC.
Mrs Blessing Iruma, Monitoring Officer, Community Development Service (CDS), NYSC headquarters, praised the medical outreach as well.
She described the turnout as “amazing,” adding that many were “happy and eager” to take advantage of the medical outreach.
Some students who spoke with the Nigerdeltaconnect news expressed delight, saying they couldn’t recall the last time they were dewormed.
The students expressed gratitude to the NYSC for the free medical outreach, adding that it would allow them to stay healthy without having to rely on their parents to pay for the treatments.
Mrs Naomi Audu, one of the elderly recipients of the donations, praised the NYSC for its kindness.
Nigerdeltaconnect news, gathered that 700 people benefited from the free medical outreach, which included health discussions and sensitization, as well as diagnosis for hypertension, hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS.