Hepatitis, Yellow Fever: 1000 Police, Families Benefit Ashmed Specialist Hospital’s Free Screening
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Ashmed Specialist Hospital as part of its Cooperate Social Responsibility, (CSR), has commenced free hepatitis and yellow fever screening and vaccination for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Kaduna, with over 1000 people benefiting from the service.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Patrick Echobu told journalists that the screening and vaccination exercise is conducted on the police officers and their families free of charge.
“We are giving hepatitis vaccine, yellow fever vaccine and other treatment that may be of need to them. The beneficiaries are covered by the National Health Insurance Health Scheme,” the CMD said.
Dr. Echobu also explained that in a situation where the beneficiaries find it difficult to come along with their families for the exercise, the hospital “will take the free medical treatment to their doorsteps. We make it free for them even with the transportation to encourage their participation for the exercises”.
According to him, “Ashmed Specialist Hospital has the facilities to compete with world class hospital. The hospital has the modern facilities that will attract patients all over the world to Nigeria. we are prepared and equipped with qualified staff to treat various sickness.”
He said Governments officials and people of Kaduna State no longer have to travel out of the State or the country to get medical attention as the Specialist Hospital has all it takes in ensuring quality healthcare services.
He disclosed that the Police force has signed an MoU with the hospital because of its quality service delivery, saying the priority of the hospital is to save lives and ensure professionalism.
The CMD while speaking also tasked the general public on hygiene, following the scourge of Lassa fever virus spreading across the country.
He stressed the need for functional Primary Health Care facilities in each and every part of the country, saying “in most cases, when people in grassroot contract disease, they always consult the PHC centres before reaching us.
“The primary Health Care is what we call the grassroot healthcare. So the PHC plays major role in curbing diseases outbreak.
“We should try as much as possible to keep our environment clean and make sure that we don’t have rat in our environment. We should wash our hands as frequent as possible when we are in contact with pets on our house.”
While commending the hospital for the initiative, Head Kaduna Zonal Office Coordinator, Police Health Maintenance limited, Yakubu Abubakar stated that their commitment to partner with Ashmed Specialist was reached after their inspection on the state of the facilities of the hospital.
He said the exercise came at the right time when one cannot afford to travel abroad for medical treatment, adding that the hospital service is of the international standard obtainable overseas.