In the spirit of the Easter Season, a medical establishment at Obio Etoi Village in Uyo Local Government Are, Giovees Clinic and Maternity, has carried out free medical outreach and treatment exercise in the community.
The exercise, which lasted for a day, was attended by over 90 people in the community who were cared, catered for and treated for different ailments.
According to the Matron in Charge of the Clinic, Mrs. Ememobong Udofia, the outreach was to give the less privileged in the community access to good healthcare; treat them for ailments diagnosed, at no cost.
“Everybody thinks to go to hospital is all about money. So, less privileged people live and die with their diseases and illnesses. We decided to demystify this by making sure the less privileged in the community expose themselves to medical care,” she said.
The Matron, who said the response by residents of the community to the medical service was commendable, also informed that the exercise led to the startling discovery of two major ailments especially amongst children in the community, malnutrition, anaemia and malaria.
According to her, anaemia arose out of the carelessness of mothers who failed to de-worm their children.
“Parents are advised to de-worm their kids every three months. Failure to do this can lead to stunted growth, anaemia.”
Among the adults, Mrs. Udofia said the prevalent illness was hypertension; diabetes; increase in sugar level and further advised adults to always check their sugar level.
One of the parents treated, Mrs. Imo Essien, poured encomium on the Management of the Clinic, saying the exercise was God-sent as she and other members of the community were treated free of charge and also given drugs.
“God will bless the Management of this Clinic. They are not the first Clinic in this community but see what they have done. We were even given drugs free of charge,” she said.