A total of Three Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty people benefitted from this year’s Ramadan free medical services offered by International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO) in Kaduna.
The Health Cordinator of IIRO Kaduna State Branch, Dr Mohammad Ahmad Attaiye stated this in an interview with Development Post, Wednesday in Kaduna.
Dr Attaye said that 35 people were offered surgery for hernia free of charge while additional 20 people who came after the program had finished got operated at a subsidized cost.
“1200 people got free drugs for various illnesses while another 1250 people were offered free consultations while 800 people got tested for free for various diseases like hepatitis B and C, HIV and Malaria. Also, 30 women were also availed free antenatal services.” Dr Attaye explained.
Some of the beneficiaries of the Ramadan free medical services who spoke with Development Post but prefer not to be named said that they came for the free program because they can’t afford treatment at public or private Hospitals.
Mother of one of the beneficiaries who got operated for hernia said that her son was due for operation since last year but they delayed the operation because of financial problem.
Another beneficiary who also does not want his name published said he has lived with hernia for a very long time because he can not afford the operation in public or private hospital.
“I thank Allah for bringing IIRO to my rescue. I have battled with the pain of this problem (hernia) for a very long time now until IIRO came. People are dying sudden death mostly because they don’t have money to go to hospitals.”
He called on government to come up with similar program so that the less privileged will get registered and offered free medical treatment in designated centres.
The 1438AH/2017 Ramadan free medical program which took place at SHIFA Hospital Unguwan Kanawa and AITAM Hospital Tudun Wada, commenced on the first of day of Ramadan and lasted for four days with huge turnout in both centres.
Kaduna State Representative of the Organisation, Alhaji Adil Hussien Abdallah said that the annual free medical program is open to both Muslims and Christians of all ages and gender with various health problems.
Speaking on the activities of IIRO Nigeria, Alhaji Abdallah said that IIRO is a Saudi based charity and humanitarian organization that is involved in so many humanitarian activities all over Nigeria.
“Here in Nigeria, we have executed so many projects like providing humanitarian assistance to IDP camps in the North East, providing assistance to orphanages, building of boreholes, building of mosques, sponsoring of orphans education and so many other activities like the recent free medical services we did which a lot of people benefitted from” Alhaji Abdallah said.
Alhaji Abdallah therefore, called on government and other well-to-do Nigerians to partner with the organization in order to expand the scope of the free medical program so that more people will benefit from the program next year.