In his quest to take medicare to doorstops of people, particularly those who could not afford hospital bills, New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Kaduna North House of Reps Candidate in 2023 general election Hon. shehu Bawa ABG has reached out to Kawo community where hundreds of persons with one form of ailment or the other were diagnosed and treated free of charge.
The Kawo event was second in a series of medical programme bankrolled by ABG targeting over 5000 beneficiaries within the Kaduna North Federal Constituency in 2023.
The first phase of the community health initiative held fortnight ago at Ungwar Rimi, Kaduna witnessed a crowd of respondents with different forms of ailments in their numbers trooping to the venue.
The House of Reps hopeful explained that providing health services to people had been his trademark policy, an intervention he noted became necessary, considering the difficult time experienced by Nigerians made worse under the present administration.
“Good health is key and vital to a happy life without which an individual, no matter how buoyant he may be cannot be said to be living a complete life.
“In the light of the above, I deem it fit in my own little way to bring health facilities and professionals to the reach of my people so they could be treated of various sickness needing medical attention.
“You can see the high turnout of people who have come to be diagnosed and provided with remedies to avoid a deteriorating health situation due to lack of resources to go to the hospital.
“I must point out that my party, the NNPP has as part of her manifesto a robust health program for the masses, in addition to other effective blueprints covering all aspect of human life.
“Our presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso is deeply passionate about the overall welfare and interest of the people, particularly those at the grassroots, hence if voted as next president of this country.
“A quick tour of all 12 wards that make up Kaduna North federal constituency one could be confronted with people in dire need of presence of government in their lives so they could feel a sense of belonging as they should in a representative democracy like ours.
“I shall continue with the tempo until an optimum number of people would have been covered in my constituency,”he assured.
A beneficiary Anna Ogbonna who disclosed that she had been suffering from high blood pressure for years and could not access treatment due to lack of resources.
“When I was informed of this free health outreach I hastened to be among early beneficiaries along side my neighbors who are also suffering from same predicament.
“We were tested, given drugs and also lectured on how to manage our situation to prevent a deteriorating situation where it could be difficult to manage.
“I am grateful to the kind gesture of Hon. ABG who has been doing so much to alleviate our sufferings despite being out of public office for eight years now, ” she said.
Hajiya Halima Abu who revealed that she was tested and provided with diabetes treatment drugs, adding that her niece was also treated of typhoid and malaria.
She challenged other individuals with financial muscles to emulate the politician in providing basic necessities of life, including health and educational facilities so the people could feel real sense of belonging.
Malam Ladan Ibrahim was another beneficiary who stated that he had been suffering from poor sight, adding that he was brought to venue of the free health programme by his children who sold the idea to him.
“I didn’t believe such a free health services could be possible in our present situation that everything is virtually beyond the reach of the poor and our policy makers have become so insensitive to the plight of the masses who are suffering and dying in silence.
“All We could say for now is to pray for this kindhearted and generous individual with passion to help the poor and needy,”he added.
Spouse of ABG, Hajiya Jamila Umar Baba who accompanied her husband to the venue of the event said taking care of people in need and attending to their interest had been the landmark of the man she married.
She pointed out his generosity anchored on service to humanity was one of the qualities that endeared her to the young Usman and they eventually got married.
“I can attest to the fact that my husband never fails to do this medical outreach at least twice in a year to people who could not afford high hospital bills.
“This underscores the fact that if voted as an elective representative of the people he could do more to ensure dividends of democracy are brought to the domains of his constituents,” she said.