As the delivery of health services keeps declining, many communities and disadvantaged families suffer the consequences of negligence, poor infrastructure, corruption, a shortage of medical health personnel, and a lack of medical facilities and standard medication in many parts of Nigerian communities.
To that effect, many people have lost their lives, while others are still battling to survive with herbal and substandard medication for lack of money and access to hospitals.
However, a non-governmental organisation, New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation, battles to deliver health services to vulnerable and disadvantaged families in parts of Kaduna to alleviate the suffering of the Masses through medical outreach.
According to Mrs Grace Daniel, the foundation’s chairman, the medical outreach, which targeted about 400 people in the Down Durters community of Kaduna South Local Government Area, has yielded results, as beneficiaries express satisfaction and hope that the government and others will emulate them in helping the less fortunate.
We know the situation in the country: many can barely afford to pay medical bills; many lives have been lost, while children, women, and the elderly suffer the most.
Therefore, providing such relief and free medical services will go a long way in solving issues and health complications for the disadvantaged families in this community.
Mrs Feyi, one of the beneficiaries, told the Daily Episode how many struggle to pay medical bills in debt and sometimes beg or stay to die of a sickness for lack of alternative means to pay the medical bills.
According to her, the medical outreach, which provides urgent medical attention to the public at their doorstep, will make many people healthier, as she also acknowledges the medication she receives will significantly impact her health battle.
Like Mrs Feyi, Mr Ezikel further explains how the higher hospital charges for medication are pushing disadvantaged families to the grave.
In our community, we battle malaria and typhoid daily; we lack support and access to hospitals. Still, this outreach will indeed provide us with the long-awaited help we have been calling on the government and NGOs for. Today we thank the almighty God and the New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation for alleviating our suffering. He added.
Meanwhile, Mrs Grace Daniel, the foundation’s chairman, reiterates her commitment to eradicating sexual and drug abuse in Nigerian communities, saying that eradicating such crimes will improve the productivity of our future generation and help to eradicate crimes bedevilling the country.