Location: Kabba, Kogi State
A SUCCESSFUL MEDICAL OUTREACH TO KABBA, KOGI STATE, 2014
MarkAnumah Medical Mission (MAMM) carried out a successful medical outreach in Kabba Zonal Hospital in kogi state from the 30th of November to the 5th of December 2014.
MAMM is a non-governmental organisation founded in September 2010 in memorial of Dr. Mark Anthony Anumah a pediatric surgeon who died September 2009. The main objective of MAMM is to fulfill Mark Anumah’s dream and passion of how quality and specialist healthcare could get to the voiceless and the faceless Nigerian.
The chairperson of MAMM: Felicia Anumah, led a team of 65 volunteers including Physicians, Surgeons, Pharmacists, Nurses, Dentists, Counselors and logistics team members to join the resident Staff of the Hospital to carry out a medical outreach that spanned over five days.
On the 1st of December, the team visited the Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Olobayo in his palace who received us with joy and gave us his royal blessing. We then proceeded to the hospital where we had a very brief opening ceremony and after that went straight to business.
The volunteers worked joyfully and tirelessly from the 1st to the 5th of December 2014. We discovered that the genuine and free medication dispensed by the Pharmacists on the spot to the patients made them very happy.
In 5 working days, we saw 1,700 patients, the Surgeons and the Gynecologists performed various surgeries on about 100 patients including prostatectomies, thyroidectomies, herniotomies, herniorraphies, myomectomies, Hysterectomies and vaginal wall repairs. The dental group attended to 95 patients and performed procedures on about 40 of them including tooth extractions, removal of cysts/lymphnodes.
There were challenges we faced such as inadequate facilities to work with but we improvised, purchased some items: it was not easy but we got the job done!!!.
A discovery that is very worrisome during the outreach is the high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension discovered in this medical mission in a semi-urban setup like Kabba. We had patients working around with Blood Pressures of 230/140mmHg, Blood sugar level of 725mg/dl. A program to enlighten our people on behavioral changes to prevent these lifestyle diseases and their deadly complications will be a good start. However, a lot more needs to be done in the areas of training of medical personnel, the supply and maintenance of basic necessary equipments, procurement and timely availability of drugs.
MAMM is grateful to God Almighty the originator of the Missions, and to the volunteers who worked joyfully and tirelessly throughout the duration of the outreach. We are also grateful to TEE JAY Foundation for supporting this outreach in Kabba, and to our board members and partners for continuously supporting and encouraging the medical Mission.