No fewer than 100 indigenes of Ikot Akpamba community in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Akwa-Ibom State and its environs benefitted from specialized free surgical programme organized by the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).
The medical outreach, which attracted a large turnout of elderly men, women, youths and children, was held at the University of Uyo teaching Hospital Comprehensive Health Centre at Ikot Akpamba .
The Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Professor Etete Peter said that the hospital decided to provide the specialized free surgical services to the people, especially the poor.
Represented, by the hospital’s Chief Medical Advisory Council, Dr. Isaac Udo Professor Peters said quality health service delivery was one of the Teaching Hospitals concerns adding that when the health of a good percentage of the people was sound they can contribute their quota to the social, political and economic growth of the society.
According to him, the free surgical treatment was part of UUTH community service and its vision of making health care accessible to the people irrespective of their background.
He however, called on good spirited individuals to contribute their quota towards the well-being of the society, promising to continue partnering with relevant bodies not only to cater for the health needs but also ameliorate the suffering of people.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Superintendent of the Ikot Akpamba UUTH Comprehensive Health Centre while explaining the imperative of the free medical outreach said it was designed to assist the poor and under privileged indegens of the area adding that it was customary for the hospital to reach out to their immediate community medically.
He commended the Management of UUTH for initiating the specialized surgical intervention exercise adding, “the free medical care has addressed the health challenges of not only the people of Ikot Akpamba but other communities such as Eket, Ibeno, Esit Eket and Onna local government areas.
He thanked Management and staff of the Teaching Hospital for the laudable vision of assisting the local people health-wise as well as selfless support for the less-privileged ones.
A cross section of beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen lauded the Management of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital for the free surgical care and prayed God to reward their labour of love.