The Anambra State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), yesterday treated no fewer than 500 residents of the state of various illnesses.
The outreach which formed part of the activities that were lined up for the ongoing 2022 Physicians Week and Scientific Conference of the Anambra NMA held at Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area.
Dr. Jane Ezeonu who is the NMA chairman in Anambra, while speaking to newsmen stated that the free medical outreach was done in collaboration with the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN).
According to Ezeonu, Physicians Week was a national event put together with the intension of celebrating doctors in recognition of their contributions to healthcare delivery and to nation’s building in Nigeria.
He said the outreach was NMA’s unique way of giving back to society through increasing access to healthcare service.
She also disclosed that the medical team at the program comprised 27 medical doctors including consultants of various specialties, eight nurses and medical students.
According to her, a total of over 500 patients including men, women and children were offered free consultations, laboratory investigations, and medications.
“Over 200 women were screened for breast and cervical cancers, those with abnormal findings and results were linked to the relevant healthcare facilities for follow up.
“Remember, we had earlier visited the IDP camp in Umuleri which hosts internally displaced persons from flood disaster in Anambra West for free medical consultations, and donations of relief materials,” she said.
Ezeonu said the Anambra branch of the NMA wished to further draw attention to the wave of brain drain that was currently ravaging Nigeria’s healthcare sector and the need to address it.
She listed some of the factors bedeviling the health sector as insecurity, poor remuneration, inadequate work environment, lack of working tools among others.
According to her, it is critical that the government as a matter of urgency address these issues to reverse the ugly trend.
He added that doctors are leaving the country in their numbers in search of greener pastures.