The chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, AMLS, Plateau State chapter, James Damen, has said the association last week freely diagnosed and treated about 16, 400 people of common ailments in Mangu Local Government Area of the state. The programme was part of activities marking the annual AMLS Biomedical Week. Mr. Damen added that the free medical health services was made possible by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, John Clark, who donated the drugs used.
A team of laboratory scientists and some selected medical doctors from the state set up mobile clinics at 13 designated points within the council area where they conducted medical checkup and treated members of the public. However, cases which were considered critical and in need of further medical attention were referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, Plateau Specialist Hospital, and Mangu General hospital, where treatment will not be free.
According to Mr. Damen, some of the common ailments diagnosed and treated included malaria, hypertension, high/low blood pressure, de-worming etc. Also, pregnancy tests, urinalysis, blood group tests, and glucose screening were also carried out.
At the opening ceremony of the 3-day exercise in Mangu last Thursday, Mr. Clark, who hails from the local government area, said the gesture was not political but rather aimed at ensuring better health for the low-income rural dwellers and those who are not privileged enough to acquire quality health care.
“People in the villages are equally entitled to accessing qualitative health services; therefore I implore all to avail themselves of this ample opportunity to know the state of their health,” he said.
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