The Al-Ihsan Foundation in Kaduna on Sunday provided free medical services to 500 men, women and children in Kaduna, under its Medical Outreach programme.
The Chairperson of the programme, Dr Zainab Muhammad-Idris, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that on the sideline of the event, the goal was to render service to humanity by giving back to the society.
Muhammad-Idris explained that the outreach programme tagged, “Heal with the Love of a Mother” was in collaboration with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Kaduna State branch.
According to her, the move is to touch the lives of the people, particularly the common people in communities who cannot afford basic healthcare services.
“So, today we are providing basic healthcare services to people from various communities in Kaduna metropolis, particularly women, children and pregnant women.
“We are screening people for high blood pressure, sugar level, malaria and urinalysis to manage a wide range of disorders.
“We are also providing Pap smear screening for cervical cancer and other cancerous diseases for women of reproductive age, including therapies among other basic health services.
We equally sensitised the beneficiaries on Lassa fever and coronavirus during our health talk to educate people on how they can prevent themselves from getting infected and the signs to look at for,” she said.
She added that those found with serious health issues would be referred to appropriate health centres for appropriate attention.
Also speaking, the President of the foundation, Mrs Aisha Mujaddadi, described the outreach programme as a “service to humanity’’, that impact on the lives of people at the bottom of the society.
Some of the beneficiaries described the gesture as “commendable’’ and called on other organisations to emulate the life-saving gesture of Ak-Ihsan Foundation and Medical Women Association of Nigeria.
One of them, Mrs Hafsat Idris told NAN that she hardly goes to the hospital because she cannot afford the bills, adding that the medical outreach programme provides people like her the needed medical services.
We pray that there are more people and organisations out there that will remember people like us and find a way of reaching out to us with medical services at no cost,” she said.
Malam Liman Adamu, another beneficiary, thanked the organisations for recognising that people are in need of medical attention in communities, but could not make it to the hospital.
Adamu said that the world would be a better place if abled people and organisations would learn to give a helping hand to those in need.