UNIBEN medical students reach out to host community
No fewer than 150 indigenes of Usen community in Ovia North East local council area of Edo State have benefited from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) medical students’ outreach programme, last week.
The programme was held in partnership with the Federation of Catholic Medical and Dental Students Association (FECAMDS), University of Benin (UNIBEN) chapter.
According to the president of the association, Raphael Oludele, the event, which is a yearly programme of the association, aimed at reaching out to rural dwellers with the message of salvation and free healthcare.
“Many rural dwellers are in the habit of shunning medical checkup due to the cost and distance of the hospital, knowing this we decided to bring the hospital close to them,” he said.
He added that this year’s outreach was unique as it coincided with the annual National health project of FECAMDS.
The students left Ugbowo campus of UNIBEN, as early as 8am and stopped over at the St Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where they worshiped with the villagers.
Speaking on Lassa Fever, Agatha Odaman, 400 Level Medicine and Surgery student, noted that the vector that causes the disease breeds in unhygienic places and as such called on the villagers to always keep their environment clean.
The exercise, which started few minutes past 12pm lasted four hours. It saw the villagers undergo blood pressure check, urinalysis, visual screening and others.
The students also carried out general body examination, malaria test for children under five years, aside distributing the free mosquito nets donated by the Edo State Ministry of Health.