MEDICAL OUTREACH TO LOKOJA, KOGI STATE, 2013.
Mark Anumah Medical Mission (MAMM) carried out a third successful medical outreach in collaboration with Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation in Lokoja specialist Hospital, Kogi state from the 14th to the 19th of October 2013.
The chairperson of MAMM: Prof. Felicia Anumah, a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, led a team of 65 volunteers including: Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, welfare and counseling team members to join the resident staff of the Hospital to carry out an eye medical outreach that spanned over five days.
On the 14th, there was a short opening ceremony to introduce the reason why we were there to the people. This was attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, the Catholic Bishop of Lokoja Diocese, the Chairman of Lokoja local government and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital among others. Three representatives of the Board members of MAMM including Rev Fr. George Ehusani, Prof. J.S. Aliyu, and Prof. Angela Okatahi were there to give us the necessary support.
The team members went into action immediately in the appropriate departments of the hospital and this work continued from 8 am to 6 pm daily till Saturday the 19th of October.
On the third day of the outreach, the deputy Governor of Kogi state Arc. Abayomi Awoniyi, The commissioner of Health Dr. Omede Idris came to see us and appreciated greatly the job that we were doing in the state. We had patients from Benue, Kaduna, Nassarawa, Kwara, Edo, and Abuja all to take advantage of the free medical service.
In 5 working days, the volunteers were able to attend to about 2000 patients, 168 eye surgeries carried out and 400 pairs of glasses given out all free. The spectacular case we had this year was a 100-year-old man who came because he had poor vision and was no longer able to read his bible. He had cataract surgery done for him. By the next day, he could see and he was full of great joy and that gave us immense fulfillment.
There were challenges but as we have always done, we did our maximum best; it was not easy but we got the job done!!!.
MAMM is grateful to God Almighty the originator of the Mission and to the volunteers who worked joyfully and tirelessly throughout the duration of the outreach. The entire team is grateful to all our partners and donors who contributed generously to make this medical outreach a huge success.