Over a hundred residents of the Sampou community in Kolokuma/ Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa state on Monday benefited from the free medical outreach tagged Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in the state..

The NYSC Director, Brig Gen. Shuiabu Ibrahim, who flagged off the one-week long free health care programme in Sampou community, said the programme holding simultaneously in all the Local Government Areas of the federation is one of the corporate social responsibility projects of the scheme aimed at appreciating the rural populace for their support to the scheme.

Ibrahim said that the programme is targeted at the rural communities to enable those who cannot afford cost of hospital bills and purchase of drugs to freely benefit for enhanced health.

He also said the programme will complement the existing rural health programmes of the Federal, States and Local Governments.

Speaking, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Ojugo Elizabeth Iyowuna, who represented the Director- General, noted that the programme will give the rural populace an opportunity to access quality medical checkup and treatment as well as referral services.


Earlier, in a welcome address, the Paramount Ruler of the Sampou community, represented by the Deputy Chief, Chief Alfred Chapman Odon, thanked the NYSC for choosing the community for the programme. He commended the laudable free health care programme and urged all members of the community to avail themselves of the free opportunity access health care.

Sampou community is the ancestral home of the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

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