On 08/Jan/2014 / In Medical News
Resident doctors in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, recently rendered free medical services to members of the public in order to reduce ailment in the society.
The gesture was part of activities that marked the end of the 2013 annual general meeting of the Association of Resident Doctors in the state.
Over 600 beneficiaries were tested and given drugs for malaria, diabetes, hypertension, eye, teeth and skin diseases at the government secondary schools at Atu and Akim axis of Calabar.
It was observed that many of the people who were examined were ignorant of their health status.
A teacher at one of the private primary schools in Calabar, Mrs. Victoria Archibong, who was found to be hypertensive, said it was good that she had come to know her status.
She said she had never undergone medical screening before then, advising everyone to undergo regular screening in order to know their health status.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Ekpo Okon, said the treatment provided relief for those who could not afford to pay for medical screening in regular hospitals.
Okon also said the services came at a time when doctors in public hospitals were on strike.
However, Chairman of AGM Committee, Dr. Edem Ushie, said the teachers who were discovered to have hypertension and diabetes had been referred to appropriate hospitals.
Chairman of ARD, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Okoi Ebri, urged the Federal Government to increase funding of tertiary health institutions for training programmes.
He regretted that part of the agitation of doctors who recently embarked on a warning strike was the need for continuous training to aid service delivery.
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