Posted on December 27, 2013

We all know the famous saying “Health is Wealth.” The reverse mostly holds true – “poverty leads to lack of health.”

In its effort to give back to people at home, the Nigeria Muslim Forum UK (NMF UK) recently embarked on a project to conduct Health Outreach Programmes in Northern Nigeria. The objective was to run periodic health programmes where free consultation and treatment is provided to people in a rural area over a period of about 3 days. One principle adopted by initiators of the project was that projects will only be run where there is someone from a community who has raised his hand to lead it. Over the past one year a number of such projects have been run successfully and we would like to share highlights from some of them.

Kibiya project

Purchase First person to raise up his hand was Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad (a consultant surgeon in Dorset, England). He chose the familiar and welcoming environment of Kibiya, where his wife hails from for the pilot project. Mukhtar’s foray provided the first blue print for how to run such programmes. When he arrived Kibiya together with other members of the organizing committee (Dr Bashir Yunusa, Dr Fa’iza Kibiya and others too numerous to mention), he started to wonder if he shouldn’t have stayed back in the comfort of Europe. The hospital was dilapidated and lacked even the most basic facilities such as running water and electricity. But he soldiered on with his team. They had to contend with so many challenges including theft of the diesel used to run the generator. However by the end of the 3 days, they succeeded in providing free treatment to over 1,200 patients and conducted surgery on 41 patients including 27 cataract operations that restored sight to people who were almost completely blind. Out of this programme was born a team with exceptional organizational genius - the “Kibiyawa” team who went on to help out in two other outreach projects Cheap buy lederle minocin

Anka project

Mukhtar’s success gingered Dr. Bello Inua Anka (a surgeon in South Yorkshire, England), who decided to take a break from his hobby of “kare mutuncin arewa” (protecting dignity of northern Nigeria) on Facebook and venture back to his home town – Anka to conduct a similar exercise. Hearing Bello on the phone cajoling as well as threatening people to support his project made a few wonder whether it will actually go ahead. It took him awhile to realize that it wasn’t possible to organize things remotely so he packed up his bags and headed home. He got there with only 7 days to go and no arrangements have been made. He worked the phone as usual, navigated some minefields, cajoling and threatening before managing to mobilize about 30 volunteers (doctors and other personnel from all over the country) securing accommodation & transportation for all. The “Kibiyawa” team came in to take charge of logistics and ensure smooth patient flow. With this out of the way, they went on to deliver an outstanding service treating over 1,000 people! The programme was so successful that Bello returned at the end of 2013 to conduct a follow on exercise.

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With these two projects completed, it was time to ride the success train. So Dr. Hadiza Gachi (a medical doctor in Warwickshire, England) rang up her cousins, Dr. Shamsu Yahaya – a resident doctor in ABU teaching hospital, and Adamu Gachi - a pharmacist, who was also part of the Anka project and said “hey, we, too, can do this!” By then, there was a standard approach and so it was a relatively smooth sailing. Adamu had done all the logistics and the “Kibiyawa” team was on ground. But as they say, ‘No plan survives the first contact with battle.’ By the time their team rolled in on the first day, there were over 500 patients who had been waiting since 6am. Many of the volunteer doctors hadn’t shown up and the patients were already getting restive. That was when they came across a true demonstration of leadership. One Malam Usman “Mai Agogo” walked up and handed them a list. He had taken it upon himself to not only show up, but to get the people to queue up, take down their names and assign them sitting based on their place on the list. During the course of the programme there were many such acts of leadership. Various people just showed up, identified gaps and proceeded to fill them. Dr. Hayatu, and his wife, Dr. Farida, drove all the way from Yola (a distance of about 800 kilometers), came straight to the hospital, and dived into the chaos that was the pharmacy operations (One can but only try to imagine 500 patients per day queuing up at one single window, anxiously waiting for their free medication). The local government chairman and commissioner of health visited and made generous donations, some donated food, medicines, and so on. Some of the best surgeons in the state came and performed surgery on about 20 individuals and with the help of various volunteer doctors from the NMA, they succeeded in providing treatment to over 1,500 patients. alli on sale now

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Based on the success of the Kankia project, the Safana “Friends of the Hospital” association also decided to sponsor one for their town. They then proceeded to set the bar on what a successful health programme should look like. They were well organized and well-funded. They not only provided free medicines, they also provided free feeding (a very critical treatment!) With the support of the NMA, they ended up treating almost 3,000 patients! They were able to set this record through meticulous planning. They had very effective crowd control and patient flow, very good resourcing, dedicated transportation for volunteer doctors to ensure synchronized arrival and departure, as well as a dedicated team of pharmacy technicians that was ready to stay late into the night dispensing medications. They continued to sponsor minor surgeries over a number of days and in the end operated on 120 patients! There was one interesting case where a patient who had lived with hydrocele for over 20 years finally had it surgically removed. His wife had left him, his productivity had suffered and he had been stigmatized for so many years. All of a sudden he woke from anaesthesia, immediately reached with his hands and felt nothing. He jumped up, looked underneath his cloth and saw nothing. He then cried out loud, laughing hysterically. His heavy burden was gone and he can now live a normal life.

We do not share these stories to blow our trumpets. In fact, given the traditional northern humility, it took us a while to persuade some of the people mentioned in here to allow their names to be published. We strongly believe however that we need to recognise the many instances of individual leadership and encourage more of it. Everybody has to contribute to move our society forward; the government cannot do it alone.

Should you wish to support the NMF UK’s health activities or sponsor a health outreach in your area, please send an email to Cheap } else {} else {http://xn----ctbjaaba4dafkkcdf9a6dvei.xn--p1ai/?p=1493

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