Neglected Bakassi Indigenes get free Medicare from US-based Effik Medicals
BY; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Worried by the precarious health condition of the people of Bakassi since they were displaced, the Efik Medical Association in US has agreed to offer a 5-day free medical screening/treatment to indigenes and other residents in the area.
The exercise is expected to take place between November 9th and November 13th, 2015.
The Chairman of the Local Government Area, Hon. Edisua Usang Iso, disclosed this while speaking to our correspondent in an interview.
She said the gesture was to compliment government’s effort in the provision of medical services to the displaced people of Bakassi. Iso regretted that since the ceding of their original home to the Republic of Cameroons, the people have not been finding things easy, hence this free medical service.
According to her, “the issue was discussed with Efik Medical personnel in US during one of her trips and they overwhelmingly agreed to come down to offer this assistance.
She however regretted the health condition of mothers especially the pregnant ones and of the unborn babies, adding that “their present condition calls for global attention.”
Therefore, she advised indigenes of the area as well as residents to come out and avail themselves for this all important medical treatment and screening.
Over 20 medical doctors majoring in different fields of medicine are expected in the country for this humanitarian service.
In a related development, this year’s World Breastfeeding week ground finale was held in Bakassi Local Government Area with the theme: ‘Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make It Work.”
Speaking at the event, Iso said that exclusive breastfeeding promotes the act of not giving water, pap, or any other food or drink to the child within six months of child birth.
She implored community members, men and women to be well informed of this vital infant feeding practice for optimal health of mothers and infants in our communities, thereby preventing early malnutrition among the infants.
She expressed hope that mothers will adhere to the global practice of allowing the child suck the first yellow milk which is known as colostrum, adding that “a child is an asset of inestimable value and must be treated as such.”
Earlier, the wife of the governor, Linda Ayade, who was by the Director, Department of Community and Primary Healthcare (DCPH), Dr. Onebieni Ana, described the week as a huge success.
He later presented prizes to the best breastfed children on behalf of the Chairperson.