The Sare Gubu Basirou Students Association (SGSA) in partnership with Sare Gubu Diaspora and the Village Youth Development Association (SAGYDA) last Saturday offered free medical services to more than 477 people in the village and its communities satellites.
Of the 477 patients, 182 are male and 297 female, spanning both adults and under-fives.
The day’s free medical service was provided by health workers.
The event began with sensitization on health-related issues before conducting screenings in various areas such as blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, among others.
The exercise was financed by the monthly contribution of the aforementioned associations and other individual donations.
In an interview with The Point on the sidelines of the event, Muhammed S. Bah, President of SGSA, said the drill was aimed at providing accessible medical services to residents and satellite communities.
“The health facility in the area (Diabugu Health Center) is very far from our village and our population has difficulty accessing it due to poor road conditions. Therefore, we consider it necessary to provide free medical services to our people.” he said.
Bah said that “sometimes if people went to the health facility” they would not get the needed medicines, adding that during the free services during the day, the patients were given good medicines.
“We realized that health is the most important thing in life. And a sick person can’t do anything. So, we consider it necessary to initiate this program,” he said.
Also taking the floor, Mahamadou Lamin Bah, imam of Sare Gubu Basirou, congratulated the young people of the village for this initiative.
He urged the village youth to keep the momentum going, saying the elders fully support their initiative.
“I call on the government to support the organizers to ensure the sustainability of the program because they are doing a great job.” he said.
Tijan Bah, president of SAGYDA, a grassroots organization that aims to bring development to the doorsteps of the community, said free medical services are part of the youth policy of giving back to the community.
He spoke of their plans to make the initiative sustainable as well as to expand the village’s weekly health facility to a standard facility offering 24-hour health service.
Ousman D. Bah, treasurer of the SGSA, also expressed similar sentiments.
He said that their monthly contribution is the main source of funding for the association.
“Monthly contributions are not enough to implement our annual programs, so we need financial support from the government and development partners.” he said.
For his part, Saidou M. Bah, a nurse who participated in the exercise, described the activity as a success.
He said that during their medical examination, they came across many cases such as urinary tract infections, malaria, hypertension, diabetes, etc.