Pyrates take free medicare to Bakassi returnees

Posted by News Express | 7 May 2016 | 3,774 times

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The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) on Friday rendered free medical services to hundreds of residents at the Bakassi Returnees Camp in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State.

Speaking at the event, Mr Ifeanyi Onochie, National President of NAS, said that the medical mission was an initiative of the association to neglected members of the society.

His words: “The NAS medical mission is one of the interventions of the National Association of Seadogs in the health sector; we identify often neglected members of the communities in our society.

“We mobilise the communities to come and avail themselves of the medical services at no cost to the members of the public. For those with complications that cannot be handled here, we refer them to the tertiary medical facilities for specialised care and we have a stock of drugs and prescription glasses that we give out free of charge.

“This one day medical mission is one of the many in the series we do in various parts of the country, every quarter we embark of humanitarian activities at the national level while the local chapters also do theirs.”

Onochie said that NAS, also known as Pyrates Confraternity, a charitable and humanitarian organisation, came for the medical mission with doctor, nurses, laboratory scientists, ophthalmologists and other medical professionals.

He assured that the medical team will attend to all the patients who turned up for the exercise.

Over 200 women, children and other residents of the camp were awaiting their turns to receive consultations with the medical experts.

Onochie said that the medical team also discovered that most of the children in the area had never been immunised, a development that compelled the association to alert the health authorities in Bayelsa.

According to him, on notification of the situation the ministry of health deployed a team to immunise children in the camp.

•Photo shows Seadogs National President Ifeanyi Onochie.

Source: News Express

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