No fewer than 600 people including journalists, their family members and neighbours on Tuesday benefitted free health services when the New Nigerian Newspapers held its health week in Kaduna.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), New Nigerian Newspapers Chapel, under Kaduna State Council, had brought together medical experts from federal medical institutions with support from the Nigerian Breweries Place, to render their basic services free to the beneficiaries.
Some of the services rendered include but not limited to eyes screening, blood pressure, hepatitis, mental test, ear, nose and throat and general body check up.
Chairman, NUJ, Kaduna Council, Comr Adamu Yusuf, louded NNN Chapel for the initiative saying, the development would go a long way to assist colleagues do better in their quest to make Nigeria a better place.
“Journalism is the only work without time frame: you work at any time even when others are sleeping. Journalists keep working at odd hours in order to meet up with the deadline.
“And because of the nature of our work, many of us don’t have time to go to the hospital. So, this, I believe, will help us a great deal and I appreciate the medical teams who are here to offer support,” he said.
Earlier, Chairman NUJ-NNN Chapel, Comrade Nicholas Dekera said, the idea was to help journalists and pensioners, many of who don’t really have time to go for medical check up due to the nature of their work, have the opportunity brought to them.
The chapel expressed gratitude for support it got from collaborating agencies and their staffs during the programme.
Specifically, it thanked the Chief Medical Director, National Eye Care Centre, Kaduna, Dr. Alhassan Mahmud, Medical Director, National Ear Care Center, Kaduna, Mustapha Abu, Medical Director, Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna, Professor Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf.
Others are Medical Director, Harmony Hospital, Dr. Elias Anyebe, Chief Medical Director, Kaduna State University Teaching Hospital, Barau Diko, Proffessor Tabari Musa.
“The Union also commended the Management and staff of National Blood Transfusion Service, Northwest Zone, for its support, the Nigerian Breweries Manager, Abbey Ajayi and the Public Affairs Manager, North for providing assorted Maltina drinks and others.
“The Union thanked the National Union of Food and Beverages for the show of solidarity,” he said.