At least 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other less privileged in Gombe state are expected to benefit from the free medical services of the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI).
Speaking shortly after launching the exercise at the Women and Children Hospital, Gombe, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa, said the health intervention programme was initiated to provide free medical outreach to the IDPs and people that are unable to access medical care.
“We are targeting about 5,000 people comprising children and adult, but we always surpassed our target. Now our target is to accommodate all the people that are able to come to the venue of the exercise during the seven days of the outreach.
“It is a programme that is modelled into the strategic framework of President Muhammadu Buhari plan, it is a very good idea and a lot of people are accessing healthcare, like eyes and dental care, Paediatric and surgical operations among others which comes at no cost,” he said.
Tumsa said over 30 medical doctors, 70 nurses and other healthcare workers were engaged by the committee as volunteers to provide the free healthcare services during the period of the outreach.