In the Spirit of Ayadiesm and the festive season over 5000 persons during the carnival with various health challenges benefitted from from free Health Outreach offered by Dr Betta Edu and Dr Echeng Imoke.
General health screening and checks of patients blood pressure, HIV, Malaria tests, cholesterol and sugar levels amongst others were carried out, just as free consultation were given to patients, while prescription eye glasses and free drugs and mosquito nets were also distributed.
Speaking, 31 years old Catherine Balogun said before now, she had battled with malaria off and on for the past three months and thanked Ayade for coming to her aid, adding that she lacked the money hitherto needed for the treatment.
Another beneficiary who had a severe upper respiratory tract infection Mr. Ofem Victor , a Lagos base Student said he came all the way from Lagos to witness the carnival but he was glad to get extra benefit from it because of the capable health personnel with the team aside its being free.
Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu said the outreach was bond out of State Goverment desire to provide medical succour to visitors coming for Carnival and residents of Calabar.
According to her government will continue to periodically offer free medical care to cushion the health gap occasioned by the reduced access in the society.
She was thankful to the medical doctors for their support and mobilisation for the exercise to take place. She thanked the ARD president Dr Echeng Imoke whose idea was to support the health system in the state to produce better out comes.
Dr Echeng Imoke who is the co-sponsor of the Outreach commended Governor Ben Ayade for giving back to the society, adding that lives were saved as a result of the medical intervention during the celebration. He said the CRS medial doctors wing of ARD will continue to support the state to achieve better results.