The wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has said that the problem of infant, child and maternal mortality can be reduced, if women begin to pay more attention to their health and that of their children.
Mrs. Buhari who was represented by the North central coordinator for Future Assured Mrs. Hansatu Zannah was speaking at the flag off of the medical outreach organized by her initiative in Makurdi Benue state.
Speaking further the wife of the President said one of the objectives of the outreach is to imbibe the culture of medical checkups, to enable people live longer and healthier lives.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State pledged his support to all projects of Future Assured that would benefit Benue Indigenes noting that most diseases are commonplace due to ignorance, poverty and undesirable lifestyles.
The wife of the Governor Mrs. Eunice Ortom encouraged citizens in the state to imbibe healthy lifestyles.
About 3,500 people were screened at the outreach for various conditions including, diabetes, hypertension, malaria, breast and cervical cancer with support services from the Marie Stopes international organization, while Benue state government collaborated in screening for HIV, Hepatitis, tuberculosis and malaria.
Drugs were given out freely to all patients who were diagnosed with any of the above ailments and referrals to all whose cases couldn’t be handled on site were made.
Family planning was done for those who showed interest. Children were also not left out with 2,521 school children being dewormed and also given free tooth brushes and toothpaste to encourage oral hygiene.
The medical outreach is the ninth so far covered by Future Assured. Ogun, Oyo, Cross Rivers, Nassarawa, Enugu, Katsina, Adamawa, and Kogi have so far benefited from the initiative.
Adebisi Olumide Ajayi
S.A. Medai wife of the President
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