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Nigerian Lawmaker provides free medical treatment to constituents

Patients waiting to be to be treated during the medical outreach
Patients waiting to be to be treated during the medical outreach

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

About 6,000 Nigerians suffering from various ailments have benefited from free medical diagnoses and treatment at Dogon Daji and Kuchi towns of Tambuwal local government of Sokoto state in northwestern Nigeria

The medical outreach which was carried out recently was conducted by final year medical students of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) and sponsored by member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Abdussamad Dasuki of Tambuwal/Kebbe federal constituency.

While the medical students volunteered their expertise Dasuki provided drugs, testing equipment and treated mosquito nets for free.

The medical team’s leader, Jabir Yakubu Imam said the medical students were happy to volunteer their skills. “We are always ready to assist any member of the society that is prepared to help the less privileged.”

50 year-old Sanusi Abdullahi has high blood pressure and was one of the beneficiaries of the exercise. “I was at home when I heard about the free medical care. I did not have money to treat the high blood pressure but I am happy that I could access the service, free of charge,” he said.

Dasuki vowed to ensure all members of his constituency suffering from one ailment or another get treated. “There are many people in these towns and villages that are suffering from one sickness or another and most of them cannot afford costs of medical treatment. Government cannot do it alone,” he said.

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