A charity organization, King Medical Mission, says 60-80% of the people living around the river banks in Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) villages are infected with Schistosomiasis, a water borne disease.
The coordinator and Dental Surgeon, Dr Ademola Adeyinka who said this yesterday in Abuja during a free medical outreach organized by the Redeem Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Beautiful Gate Parish, Jabi, disclosed that the disease affects both men, women and pregnant women due to the prevalence of unhygienic behavioural pattern of those that defecate and bath in the river they drink and cook from.
Dr Adeyinka called on government for intervention in the rural communities. He said: “The deeper you go into the interior, the more neglected you feel that people are; the facilities are not there, the roads are not there, what we are doing is like drop in the ocean.
“In some communities, by the time our drugs are finished [during voluntary services], we virtually run away from there, because the needs are there, you can’t meet everything, in one or two days that we are there.”
The Pastor RCCG Beautiful Gate Parish and coordinator of the event, Joshua Sasere said the free medical treatment which was the third organized by his Church since 2014 has had a great impact on the rural poor who it was meant to serve.
“People have shared a lot of testimonies, some people have used drugs to treat particular ailments for a while, but nothing changes, and during this programme, knowing that the hand of God is in it, and the slogan – men care and God heals; they realised that the treatment had great impact because what they were using over time was not effective, the issues were solved and resolved.”
He urged the community to trust that God heals but man only could care; even when using drugs, they should trust Jesus to make a difference.
A patient, Shirley Lisa Kauje, living in the community said she had been down with malaria fever but unable to get medical attention due to financial difficulties, until she heard of the free medical treatment from her Pastor who doubles as the organizer of the event.
” I came here for free medical check up because I am not feeling fine for about a week now, and was diagnosed to have malaria and also loss of appetite”.
About 45 medical personnel spanning all fields of medical practice volunteered at the event.