By Lubem Gena, Abuja
No fewer than one thousand five hundred Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) located at Durumi camp in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria today received free medical services from Dennis Aikorogie Foundation in conjunction with Doctors on Call of the United States o America (USA).
The event featured several components including feeding, counseling, deworming, free medical consultation, free laboratory, free COVID-19 test, eye/dental check up, health talk as well as general body check up.
Speaking with newsmen, the Founder of the Foundation, Mr. Dennis Aikorogie said the medical outreach was part of his modest efforts to come to the aid of the poor, marginalised and traumatized members of the society.
He pointed out that even though they may not be able to take comprehensive care of the situation as they met in the camp, they will no doubt embark of more actions, activities and marshal plan of actions that will ensure the sustainability of the outreach.
“We intend to sustain this outreach. This is a personal contribution. We are not funded by anybody or organization or politicians. The fund is basically from our pockets. It is personal contribution to make sure that the less privileged and downtrodden are well taken care of. And by the Grace of God, we intend to sustain it. We do in collaboration with other corporate bodies and government agencies who will want to partner with us to achieve this noble objective”, Dennis stated.
The visibly happy recipients who spoke with News Headquarter expressed gratitude to the organisers pointing out that the intervention is coming at a time when they felt completely abandoned by those who are in positions of authorities.
In his contribution, the Spokesperson of Abuja based IDPs who simply gave his name as Ibrahim who painted a worrisome situation of their existence in the camp expressed joy with the critical areas that the outreach targeted pointing out that, hope was almost lost for them in terms of accessing basic drugs such as Paracetamol, anti-malaria amongst others until today.
He said the camp appear to have been forgotten by those in places of authority whom he said are in the habit of dishing out promises they are not ready to fulfil.
The spokesman described the outreach as one that will have lasting effects on the IDPs in view of the quality of attention extended to them.
Other beneficiaries who received different forms of drugs for their ailments expressed joy over the outing and called for its sustainability.
Several volunteers such as doctors, pharmacists, optometrists, laboratory scientists, nurses, gentlemen of the press and others contributed their energies, skills, expertise and time to account for the success of the event.