A team of Nigerian doctors based in the United States of America will on Saturday (today) commence free medical services for residents of Ile-Ife and its environs in Osun State.
The 20-man collaborative team of physicians, surgeons and medical support workers is made up mostly of graduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University, formally known as University of Ife.
According to the organisers, the week-long exercise will include free medical clinics at the Ooni’s palace; a full day of “Campus” clinics, health fair, preventive/public health activities, as well as screenings for diabetes, hypertension and some communicable diseases.
Apart from conducting simultaneous surgeries on cataract patients and laparoscopic procedures using top-notch, state of the art and cutting edge technology equipment at designated centres within the university’s teaching hospital in collaboration with their counterparts from OAU, members of the team interested in teaching and giving lectures will also be provided the opportunity to do so within the institution, according to the statement.
Leader of the team, Dr. Olabisi Jagun, while giving more insight into the free medical programme, said that the initiative was sponsored by the Mercysaidno Foundation (an Atlanta-based Nigerian Philanthropic organisation), Ifemed Alumni Association (USA), member physicians, Friends of Ifemed Physicians and Ife Ooye North America Association.
She said, “Our team is very excited and ready to go, and we are grateful for the wonderful opportunity to give back.
“All our physicians and surgeons are brilliant and distinguished in their field of expertise; a few of them are leading world experts; they have all been vetted and their licenses are current.
“It is estimated that during the mission, the team will see between 5,000 and 10,000 patients and hand out over $150,000 worth of free medications and prescriptions.”
Reacting to the gesture, Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, said that they were excited about the free medical service, noting that it would go a long way in easing the pains of the people of Ile-Ife community and its environs.