Yenagoa – The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) said it rendered free medical services to more than 500 residents of Bakassi Returnees Camp in Yenagoa.
Mr Ifeanyi Onochie, the National President of NAS, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the exercise witnessed impressive participation by the beneficiaries who waited patiently to receive medical attention.
He said that the medical mission was an initiative of the association to neglected members of the society.
“The NAS medical mission is one of the interventions of the National Association of Seadogs in the health sector; we identify often neglected members of the communities in our society.
“We mobilise the communities to come and avail themselves of the medical services at no cost to the members of the public.
“For those with complications that cannot be handled here, we refer them to the tertiary medical facilities for specialised care and we have a stock of drugs and prescription glasses that we give out free of charge.
“This one day medical mission is one of the many in the series we do in various parts of the country, every quarter we embark of humanitarian activities at the national level, while the local chapters also do theirs,” Onochie said.
He said that NAS, also known as Pyrates Confraternity, a charitable and humanitarian organization came for the medical mission with doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, ophthalmologists and other medical professionals.
He said that the medical team was compelled to attend to all the patients who turned up for the exercise.
Onochie said that the medical team also discovered that most of the children in the area had never been immunized, a development that compelled the association to alert the health authorities in Bayelsa.
He said following the report, the ministry of health deployed a team to immunize children in the camp. (NAN)