The outgoing President of National Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Zaria branch Dr. Waziri Aliyu Dahiru has disclosed that the association has conducted free surgical operation, treated patients for different illnesses and distributed drugs free to over 5,000 patients.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen at the closing ceremony of the association and 2016 Health Week held at Auditorium Hall, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Shika, Zaria to mark the associations’ Health Week.
Health week is an annual program designed to assist the less privileged in line with the association’s corporate social responsibilities marking end of the year chain of programmes.
He said this year, they carried out some activities such as community outreach, free surgical operations to patients, free medication as well as visitations to orphanage all in line with the culture of the association.
”We have dedicated team of expert who have wealth of experience among us, who throughout the week engaged in marvelous activities just as a pay back to the society,” he said.
He said the association provided free health services during this period, pay visitation to orphanages around the area, free distribution of drugs as well as community outreach services.
The outgoing branch chairman observed that during the surgical outreach, over 250 patients from Lere, Kudan, Makarfi, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Soba and Ikara Local Government Areas were screened and operated on various diseases free of charge.
According to him, the association visited four communities on medical outreach, adding that various surgical operations were carried out on patients suffering from Lipoma, Hernia, Hydrocele, Appendicitis, and Fibroid.
Malam Sani Ibrahim from Samaru, one of the beneficiaries interviewed said he suffered appendicitis for quite a long time without money to undergo surgery until now that he was able to get intervention from this association.
He expressed delight over the development, lauded the association for the gesture, and called on well meaning individuals to emulates NARD.