By Hassan Zaggi
The Business and Professional Woman Nigeria (BPW), Association of Nigerian Physicians in Americas (ANPA), in partnership with the federal government have ended a 5-day free medical outreach in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The outreach which was held in three different locations including Jiwa, Tungan Kwasou and Kubwa General Hospital provided variety of health services including surgical operations.
Speaking, with journalists at the flag off of the programme, the National President of BPW, Mrs. Yinka Ajibola, noted that her organization joined the partnership for the medical outreach because of its interest in the well-being of women and children.
“We are in this partnership because BPW covers everything that has to do with women and families and health is a major area.
“So, when we were introduced to ANPA, we were excited about what they were coming to do in Nigeria. They are going to provide all services free to those who are less privileged. Thousands will come for health services free, medication free.
“In fact, in addition to the free medical services, they are going to train100 to 150 nurses, doctors, birth attendants, midwives and other health experts free,” she said.
Mrs Ajibola further explained that BPW is an international organization of business and professional women spread across different countries of the world.
On her part, the President of ANPA, Dr Charmaine Emelife, disclosed that the 2019 medical outreach was the biggest so far organized by her group.
The outreach, she noted, brought together 70 medical experts drawn from different medical fields.
According to her: “This year is our biggest. We have over 70 healthcare providers coming from the United States and some of our expatriates who, we have invited to come with us together with nurses and pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists all are hear together to provide medical collaborative care.
“We intend to see at least 300 to 400 cases per location each time with the surgical cases anywhere from 20 upward.
“Last year, we were able to do 80 cases in five days. This year, we may be able to do 120 to 150 surgical cases in five to six days.
“We intend to take care of up to 3000 people or more.”
Commenting on the medical outreach, the Emir of Jiwa, Dr. Idris Musa, applauded the ANPA, BPW and other partners for the initiative, describing it as a huge achievement for his kingdom.
“Many people have been sick and have been looking for a way to treat themselves but they cannot.
“Today the medical teams including doctors from different specialties, pharmacists, surgeons and many others from abroad are here.
“Where a rich man that has money can go and look for them, look at the way the poor can now have access to them in Jiwa kingdom. It is an achievement. We thank them,” the royal father said.