The Borno State branch of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) on Wednesday commenced the provision of free medical services to no fewer than 200 children made orphans as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.
President of ARD in Borno state, Dr Ibrahim Kuburi, made the disclosure during a visit to the Fatima Ali Sherrif Motherless Babies Home in Maiduguri.
Kuburi said the gesture was part of the association’s free scientific week outreach to vulnerable victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said, “As you can see, we have specialists which in include physicians, surgeons, ophthalmologists, pathologist, pediatricians and radiologist.
“We have conducted our clinical examinations and treatment was offered while some referrals were made on some of the babies.
“We discovered that some of the children are suffering from diseases like pertussis growth with a very contagious respiratory tract infection and mumps viral disease.
“We are also saddened to discover that the children were not immunised which poses a great danger to their health.
“ We also noticed disability among two of the children,” Kuburi said.
He said the children were being referred for proper evaluation and treatment as well as enrolment in the immunization programme.
The ARD president said the group also brought assorted food items for the orphans to cushion their hardship
Hajiya Yada Abbayusuf, the coordinator of the orphanage, said most of the children were victims of insurgency while some of them were brought by public spirited residents as missing children.
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