The Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria(ACMPN) has carried out a free medical outreach to carter for 1000 residents of the Gishiri community in Abuja.
The National President of ACMPN Dr Matthew Ashikeni while briefing Journalists, said the project was organized to reach out to the less privileged, and render essential health care services.
” Health is wealth and Gishiri Community is more or less a rural community, although it is close to the city centre most residents do not have access to good health care services.We organised the outreach as part of the preparation for our national conference coming up in July”.
He added that the free medical outreach is open for every member of the Gishiri community, irrespective of tribe and religious affiliation.
“This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility.We are prepared for close to 1000 people for the free test, so as many that come for the test we are prepared.
It is the love and commitment that we have for our fatherland that made us engage in this project. We are running series of tests such as Malaria, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Hypertension, HIV test and COVID-19 screening.”
Dr Ogugua Osisiogwu, the Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the Catholic Medical Practitioners Conference, explained that the conference will focus on the provision of excellent health care services to FCT residents despite the pandemic.
“The conference is meant to discuss several medical issues on universal health coverage. Through our conversation with doctors, they will have adequate knowledge and skills to be able to ensure that patients are properly attended to at all times.We will also inform doctors on how to direct their patients to enrol for the National Health Insurance Scheme. We know that without a health insurance scheme, paying out of pocket for health care services can be catastrophic, particularly for people who are not high-income earners.”
She said registering on the NHIS will aid in preventing a severe form of disease condition which may lead to unwanted death or preventable death.
The Parish Priest in charge of the Church of Annunciation Gishiri Abuja, Father Benedict Ahamiojie, advised all Nigerians to maintain good hygiene, and practice healthy living.
“As individuals, we must ensure we live in a decent environment, our responsibility also is to maintain a high level of hygiene.If we live in a clean environment, we can live a healthy life. We all need to follow the laid down safety protocols on COVID-19”.
He appreciated the Catholic doctors Association for the kind gesture and for choosing Gishiri Community for the free health campaign and medical outreach.
A Parishioner, Comfort Iyke Uredia commended the effort of the Catholic doctors for organizing the outreach in her community.
She further added that the free medical test and screening campaign would go a long way in helping the residents to solve their health issues free of charge.