Simon Mwatkon, representing Ryom/Barkin Ladi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has offered free medical and surgical treatments to 4,000 members of his constituency in Plateau State.
Hon. Mwatkon (PDP) while speaking at the end of the exercise on Saturday, said the initiative was to support the common man and for his constituents to revive from some medical expenses.
Represented by his Media Aide, Mr Friday Bako, he said the exercise was for some constituents who have wherewithal challenges for medical treatment.
The lawmaker assured that there are enough medical experts on the ground to handle all kinds of health issues, adding that there are consumables and enough drugs to attend to over 4000 people.
He said people have gone through tough times, and only through that kind gesture, the sufferings and even the casualties can be minimized.
“This initiative is to help those who are sick but do not have money to visit the hospital. As a caring representative, I chose to show my people that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation,” he said.
A member of the medical team, Dr Chomo Datiyi, said that the exercise brought together personnel from different areas of expertise, however, said the challenge was the large crowd of deserving people.
“We have gynecologists to see pregnant women and an emergency unit here for people with critical conditions. We have people with sickles, arthritis, chronic malaria, typhoid and other diseases, we have given them emergency treatment and they are responding to treatment.
“We have seen people with chronic hepatitis and this is not a condition that you will treat in one day, you need to follow up to ensure that they have their drugs. We need to also carry out laboratory investigations to know the stages among others.
“Nobody pays anything here, these drugs you are free and are being given to the people for free. And in case we are not able to exhaust the drugs, we will hand them over to the hospitals and will be administered free,’ he said.