Missions and Rural Support Initiative was in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State for Adamawa South Senatorial Zone for a Free Medical outreach. The outreach was organized by Soteria-Afrique’ Rural Health Care Initiative in partnership with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Africa and Missions and Rural Support Initiative (MARSI) and sponsored by Distinguished Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe – Senator Representing Adamawa South Senatorial zone. The team left Abuja on the 11th of August 2019 to Adamawa State and the programme commenced in earnest the following day which is 12th August 2019.
The outreach was meant to reach nine local governments covering the entire constituency. The place was packed full with people who responded to the call for the outreach. In his welcome address, Doctor Wycliffe Dah welcomed the guests and expressed his gratitude to the teams that came together for the outreach and the distinguished Senator for his benevolence in financing such a project. He further stated that the target is to treat 8,000 to 10,000 people during the five days of the medical outreach; he further informed the gathering that various degrees of illnesses will be treated and surgeries will be conducted. In his own speech, the distinguished senator thanked the people for responding to the call, he reminded the people that he was not the one that organized the outreach, neither was it his constituency project but that he only supported the programme. He further stated that, he wants to use the programme as a test, and that if it succeeds, he will now organize his own on a bigger scale.
Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe
(Sen. Adamawa South Senatorial Zone)
After all the various speeches the programme commenced and doctors were on ground to treat the people.
It is important to state that, it is not only the Southern Senatorial Zone that benefited from this kind gesture, we have had reports of people coming from Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and other Local governments within the state that are not part of the Senatorial zone and many were treated.
Doctors attending to patients
Many cases were handled in this outreach ranging from general body illness, eye problems – cataract etc. hernia, fibroid, appendicitis, dental cases to mention a few: Successes were recorded in all the treatments. About more than three hundred surgeries were conducted in five days and all were successful.
One of the remarkable things that happened at the outreach was the case of Edmond Eli 24 years of age that lost his sight at the age of three, after the eye surgery, he was able to see, and for the first time he saw his father in twenty one years and was able to walk without being aided.
The choice of the venue was a very good one because the venue is considered the best in the entire Southern Senatorial Zone and owned by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). It has good facilities and has a serene environment; the place is well kept and maintained with flowers and being watered. Even though the place is developing, it is however commendable!
This report cannot be complete without highlighting some of the challenges faced.
- Manpower: More hands are needed to be able to attend to a number of people within a short period of time. The programme lasted for only five days and as such, not many people were attended to; this to an extent has left so many people disenfranchised.
- Paucity of Funds: Even though the outreach was financed by the distinguished senator, there is the need for more hands to support such gestures in order to reach many people and communities. It is our believe that when more organizations and good spirited individuals join hands with us, we will be able to do a lot more.
One of the things this outreach has exposed to us is that, there are a lot of sick people in the land and need help, but due to poverty and other vices, they don’t have access to health care not to talk of surgeries and other high degree of sicknesses.
We cannot end this without appreciating our partners and the distinguished senator Binos D. Yaroe for the support toward the success of this programme. It is our believe that, as he has promised to stage his own project, it will be done from time to time in order to reduce the problem within his constituent and other places as well.