OTUOKE, (Bayelsa) — The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in collaboration with FMC Otuoke Outreach, on Saturday organised a free medical outreach for the people of Otuoke, its host Community, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The programme which was part of the activities to mark the centre’s end of year activities, included free eye test and donation of free glasses, mosquito nets, also HIV and dental checks, among other medical services.
Otuoke, which is a host Community to FMC Otuoke Outreach, is located in the home town of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his address, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Dennis Alagoa, said the gesture was to further prove the hospital’s commitment toward boosting its relationship with the host community.
He urged the residents and indigenes to utilise the opportunity of checking their health status, saying it’s free of charge and free medical care and administration of medication.
Represented by the Consultant in Charge, Otuoke FMC Outreach, Dr Obioma Obikeze, said that the centre was very affordable to residents, compared to other medical outfits.
The CMD, said that Otuoke Community has been hosting FMC, for the past seven years, as they commenced operation in 2014.
“We are here to meet with the people, know their health needs and meet their needs with our materials that we came with for them.
“We came here with eye classes, mosquito-treated nets, amongst others, we are actually here to help the community, in terms of healthcare delivery,” he said.
The Community Development Committee Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Egede, commended FMC Yenagoa and Otuoke Outreach, for their efforts in meeting the health needs of the people.
He appealed to residents to utilise the opportunity in checking and treating their health issues for healthy living.
NAN, also reports that no fewer than 600 residents of the area benefitted from the programme.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Franca Major, said: “I came here to avail myself of the opportunity that is available to everybody else.
“I checked my blood sugar level, my eye, blood pressure and I received medication at the pharmacy.
“For this, medication, we are all happy because they are taking care of our children and adults.
“We are urging the government to also extend this gesture to other communities here in Bayelsa,” she said.
A senior Nurse with the centre said on the condition of anonymity, that the turnout of the people was impressive, adding that the community was “overwhelmed” by the hospital’s kind gesture.
She said that it was a way of paying back to the host community that had accommodated the facility for some time.
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