For the Ayade Home Care Health Services and Save Life Foundation, an NGO founded by Hon. Saviour Nyong, the Commissioner for Transport in Cross River State, it may just have been another health outreach , but for the people and residents of Calabar South Local Government Area, it was much more than that , it was touching them where it most affected their health and as the say health is wealth.
The Ayade home care health services had embarked on what it called “The ABC Project”, which has the vision of providing free medical care and services to the people of Akpabuyo, Bakassi , Calabar South and other local government areas , and Monday 9th of July was the turn of Calabar South LGA. The outreach which was held in the local government secretariat Anantigha , was put together by the Ayade home care health services in collaboration with Save Life Foundation.
The medical outreach started with a brief flag off ceremony which was done by the the Acting Governor Prof. Ivara Esu represented by the commissioner of information Mrs Rosemary Archibong , the flag off was well attended by several government functionaries including serving commissioners , house of assembly members , top government dignitaries , traditional chiefs and residents of the benefiting community.
In an interview with CalabarBlog, Dr. Genevieve Ephraim, Director for Ayade Home Care Health Services said this project had started three weeks ago and had been to Akpabuyo and Bakassi LGA’s, and that the aim of this project was to provide free medical services to people of benefitting communities, these services included, consultations, treatment , free medications and referrals to hospitals for severe cases and in the case of a referral the cost is borne by the Ayade home care health services.
On the kind of treatment being provided, she said treatments for all kinds of medical cases where being given attention, including cancer “we are treating cancer patients, we have three people right now, cancer patients at UTCH that we are treating, we are paying for their chemotherapy under this initiative, we are giving medication and after that we follow up to get their medicines, they don’t pay anything for it, we are treating diabates, women, men and children”.
Dr. Ephraim further said “this is part of what His Excellency has been doing , Ayade care has been in existence for about a year now , and we have been going to all local government areas to provide medical services we have actually been around this is now the time to be in the south”.
The exercise in Calabar south is meant to last for six days starting from Monday 9th July, and its brought together by the Ayade Home Cares health services, an initiative of the Cross River state Governor to bring succour to those in dire need of health care but are indigent in collaboration with Save Life Foundation a pet project of Saviour Nyong, Commissioner for Transportation.
Some of the beneficiaries we spoke to were elated and full of praises to His Excellency, Prof. Ben Ayade for this initiative, sharing their experiences with CalabarBlog , Miss Elizabeth said “the experience is okay , I think I have achieved something out of it , I thank Prof Ayade for giving the free medical treatment at least it has helped a lot of people”
Pastor Basset Eyo also said “ #I passed here this morning , I saw it I make(sic) enquiry about it , they told us that it is free medical service , that is why I decided to come around , so I really appreciated (sic) what is going on so it is a good project”.
In the words of Mrs Akiba “they invited us to this place and explain how my body is , then as I came I am having knee pain and waist pain, I am having headache and inside my body I am having very cold as I came, they tested me and give me some drugs to take”.
We also spoke with some of the medical professionals attending to the beneficiaries , for Dr. Jacintha Okoi-Obuli president medical woman association of Nigeria Cross River state branch “ I am here doing what I love to do best, the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN, Cross River state branch is working with Ayade home care health services to reachout to the people of Calabar south and to give them some form of health care and to make them know we care for them.
There is actually a huge health burden in the state especially with high blood pressure, we have so many them them, quite a number of cases with diabetes most of them because of cost do not follow up with treatment in the hospital and a lot of them end up in chemist , shops or they just don’t go at all , the problem mainly is high blood pressure especially in calabar south , quite a number of cases of high blood pressure and you know the dangers of high blood pressure it is a silent killer , you can just slump , you can have a stroke , so many things , heart attack, so many things from high blood pressure, so we have been able to fish out quite a number cases of high blood pressure”
For doctor Oluwakemi who works with the Ayade care she said “ I am working with Ayade care at ensuring that we reach out to the grassroot communities , bringing free healthcare services to them and trying to reachout to them in the little way we can in terms of health care services , a lot of them here are actually hypertensive , we are educating them on how to do life style modification and also to ensure the stay on their drugs”