From Francis Nansak,Lafia
A free medical outreach has been launched by Dalhatu Specialist Hospital,a government health facility in Lafia the Nasarawa state capital.
Practicing Journalists in the state were the first to be considered and honoured to undertake the test in order to ascertain their wellbeing and health statues.
Drawn across the various medium present in the state,which included privately owned print and electronics media,that converged at the specialist hospital on Wednesday, for the medical test in different forms of ailments.
Declaring opened the medical outreach, the chief medical director ,Dr Ikrama Hassan,said the medical outreach was part of the state government care and intention to bequeaths residents of the state access to free health care services .
Dr Ikrama pointed out that the choice of kicking starting the exercise with the media was arrived at due to the facts that the journalists are the channels for disseminating the good intention of the specialist hospital,who have played a vital role as partners in progress,reaching out to the grassroots.
He said” This is why as a management, we all agreed to give first priority to you journalists as our partners.
” This is because it will not only help in sending our message,but will give you the opportunity to know your state of health.
” It is pertinent that as journalists you regularised medical examinations of you most stay fit and strong to discharging your responsibility as watched dogs of the society which the citizens depended upon,so you most avail yourselves to medical test in order to avoid severe and sudden health conditions,which one of the means to preventions is by early dictation “He said.
The medical director further explained that people in other developed nations have since known the importance of medical examination,which is their reason for enjoying longevity, because they do regular checks on their health by depending on medical examination.
The Authority report that journalists across the eight chapels under the Nasarawa state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) undertook the free medical test on HIV,Diabetes, Hepatitis, Malaria,Thypoid fever,Ucler and others.