Hundreds of Yenaka community, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Tuesday received free medical check-ups and medication from Federal Medical Centre, FMC, which included free drugs, free eye, HIV, dental services and others.
The free medical outreach programme, which held at the Yenaka town was organised by the federal medical centre Yenagoa, in commemoration of its 20th anniversary.
It was gathered that the Chief Medical Director, Dr Dennis Alagoa, gave the directive that free medical services be rendered to FMC’s host communities in furtherance of its commitment to enhancing cooperation.
Beneficiaries numbering over 300 availed themselves the opportunity of receiving medical check-ups and medications as provided by the FMC Yenagoa.
Mr Famous Izibeya, one of the beneficiaries, said: “I came here to avail myself of the opportunity that is available to everybody else.
I checked my blood sugar level, my eye, blood pressure and I received medication at the pharmacy,” he said.
Chief Osuta Douglas, Deputy Paramount Ruler, Yenaka community, said he was grateful to FMC Yenagoa, for the free medical outreach, especially as the flood has gone back.
“In this we are all happy because they have taken care of our children and adult all together.
“We are urging government to also extend this gesture to other communities here in Bayelsa,” he said.
Chief Zeikime Koffi, a moman leader, Yenaka community, expressed delight over the free medical outreach rendered to them.
She louded, FMC Yenagoa, for the free medical services as many had received free medical care.
Dr Mariere Ulenma, a Medical Practitioner, said the free medical outreach was a way of giving back to the host community.
She said from time to time, they have to be doing it for the good of the people.
Ulenma said it was also a way of reaching out to those that could not afford it to the hospital.
A senior Nurse with FMC said the turn up was very encouraging as they never believed that FMC could do that for the people.
TNN reports that Yenaka community is the home town of the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke.