In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Nigeria Youth Service Corps, NYSC, the First Lady Aisha Buhari on Tuesday flagged of a special medical outreach to promote healthcare among rural dwellers in Abuja.
The First Lady launched a mobile clinic at Jahi II community in Abuja which aims to address difficulties accessing medical care. The outreach stemmed from the schemes health initiative for rural dwellers inaugurated in Kwara in 2014
In his remarks, the director general, NYSC, Brigadier General, YD Ahmed, said the scheme has been a catalyst for development in the society by serving as a platform through which Corps medical personnel comprising Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, and Dentists, amongst others, provide free and quality health care for the people, especially the rural poor.
Ahmed said, “the scheme had engaged in special interventions such as the administration of vaccines, sensitization of the community on HIV/AIDS prevention and sanitation, among others.”
The chairman, NYSC, National Governing Board,Fatima Abubakar said the programme, which is carried out every quarter of the year in all the States of the Federation and the FCT, has brought succour to over four million beneficiaries, who could not have afforded medical bills.
“This special edition of the HIRD is organized in further demonstration of the commitment of the Scheme to putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians, and a reflection of its relevance in the trajectory of nation building. I, therefore, use this opportunity to commend the NYSC Management, the supervising officials and the Corps medical personnel for sustaining this laudable initiative,” she stated.