On Monday 8th of January, the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative (PCNI) in partnership with Pro-Health International commenced a seven-day medical outreach in Maiduguri at Molai General Hospital, Maiduguri. The PCNI Vice Chairman, Mr. Tijjani Tumsah who represented the Chairman, General T.Y. Danjuma, told newsmen that the outreach is designed to reach residents who were unable to access medical facilities provided in the past by the state government and other NGOs in IDP camps and host communities. The exercise is targeting IDPs and people in host communities while plans are underway for the PCNI to cover other states of the north east. The programme which is wholly underwritten by PCNI covers logistics, staffing, allowances, medical personnel, consultants, facilities and equipment as well as security among other components and offers services such as medical consultations, eye care services, dental consultations, General and specialized nutritional education including the provision of food supplements among others.
The Executive Director of ProHealth International, Dr. Iko Ibanga disclosed that over 60 medical practitioners of diverse specialties are handling various cases and treatments in different departments established for the programme comprising antenatal care, pharmacy, paediatrics unit, maternal unit, dental care unit, eye clinic, consulting unit and operations theater. He noted that the commonest ailments include malaria, typhoid and infections while the complicated cases include eye operations, pregnancy-related operations and serious ailments requiring remedial surgery.
According to the Head of PCNI’s Humanitarian Assistance, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Unit, Dr. Sidi Ali, the programme is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for health care delivery which is aimed at vulnerable internally displaced persons and residents in host communities in the northeast. He added that the programme which was held last December in Yobe state will be extended to other northeastern states. The Borno State Commissioner of Health, Haruna Mshelia expressed his appreciation to PCNI for its support and assistance to Borno, while noting that the programme has assisted the state government in upgrading and re-equipping some hospitals and clinics across the state, and also facilitated the provision of drugs and other items that have boosted the state’s healthcare delivery capacity. He pledged that the state government will continue to support and collaborate with the PCNI and other development partners to provide effective healthcare services to the people.