HIRD: Corps Members treat for free over 300 people during NYSC 1st quarter health outreach

HIRD: Corps Members treat for free over 300 people during NYSC 1st quarter health outreach


Ayo Ola

The Benue State chapter of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has treated for free no fewer than 300 patients during the NYSC 1st quarter of medical outreach programme, in the State.


A statement on Thursday by Principal Public Relations Officer, NYSC Benue State, Victoria Ogwuche, explained that the care-givers were corps members posted in the state. It stated that they comprised 6 doctors, 6 nurses, 5 lab scientists and other corps members.


According to Ogwuche, the programme was titled, ‘Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers (HIRD) and kicked off on Tuesday and lasted till Thursday. .It was flagged off in Ukwu-Owukpa community in Ogbadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State by the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Abe Dankaro Ashumate.

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The NYSC Benue State Coordinate, Ashumate in his opening address, said the NYSC- HIRD was introduced in 2014 as a medical outreach programme to positively impact on the wellbeing of indigent persons at the grassroot by providing them easier access to free and quality healthcare.

According to him, so far, innumerable less privileged persons across Nigeria had benefited hugely from the noble initiative.


The State Coordinator also said that the NYSC Director General, Brig-Gen YD Ahmed, had said the programme was highly needed especially in consideration of the current harsh economic situation.

He pleaded with the people to treat all corps members with a high sense of love and respect and similarly encouraged them to allow their children to serve in other States just the way others were serving them.

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He lauded the owners of the hospital used for the outreach, Dr. Agada Boniface Apochi and Mrs Hilda Apochi, for building the gigantic structure and for supporting the programme immensely.

He appealed to the people of the community to continue to pray and support them considering the huge gesture.

Ashumate also urged good spirited individuals and corporate organisations to support the quarterly programme with drugs and other logistics, looking at its relevance.

The Assistant Director, CDS, Mr Awaja Peter, explained that the essence of the Health Initiative was to bring treatment closer to members of communities who were bereft of opportunity for prompt and adequate medical service.

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The representative of the Ukwu-Owukpa community, Hon. Sunday Agada, appreciated the NYSC for the Health Initiative, while praying for God to continue to bless the NYSC scheme and the owners of the hospital for providing the enabling environment.

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