Yuletide: 1, 000 Nasarawa indigenes get free medical services

The Olosoho Unity Forum (OUF) has begun free medical services targeted at 1,000 residents of Agwatashi community in Obi local government area of Nasarawa state.

According to the chairman of the Forum, Mr. Agyo Ewa, the exercise is part of activities to mark the Yuletide

Ewa, while inaugurating the exercise at Agwatashi on Friday, said it was aimed at alleviating the plight of the vulnerable groups in the area.

The chairman, who was represented at the occasion by the secretary of the group, Bala Sangari, said the programme would last for three days.

He said during the exercise, a team of medical professionals would offer free counselling, testing and treatments on a wide range of illnesses.

“They will also carry out surgery on cases that require surgery to ensure complete treatment.

“We have enough drugs and sufficient medical professionals in different fields who will attend to the people. Though we are targeting 1,000 people, if more turn up, we are ready to attend to all of them,” Ewa said.

He said the medical services were part of activities lined up by the forum, during the yuletide, to give back to the community that made them what they had become.

“We are also giving awards to deserving members of the community, both post-humous and those alive, who have contributed to the development of our community.

“Some of the awardees, though dead, were the ones that established schools in the 1930s that metamorphosed into the modern primary and secondary schools we have in the community today.

“Some of them were heroes, who helped in defending and securing our community against external aggressors back then,” he said.

A traditional ruler, Umar Apeshi, the “Olosoho” of Agwatashi, expressed gratitude to the worthy sons and daughters of the community for their contributions to the growth of the community.

He assured the group of his continuous blessings to ensure the success of the programme, and the peace, unity and progress of the area.

One of the awardees, a former chairman of Obi local government and former commissioner in the state, Saadatu Yahaya, thanked the group for the recognition.

She said the award would spur her to do more for the community and encourage other women to participate in politics.