​FMC Makurdi offers free surgeries to Benue indigents

The Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, has flagged off free medical treatment and surgeries for over 100 indigent patients across the three senatorial zones of Benue state.

The initiative is in fulfilment of the presidential directive to all Federal Medical Centres across the country to treat over 10,000 indigent patients who cannot afford hospital bills.

Hundreds of indigent patients from Benue North East senatorial zones, converged on the FMC outreach station Tongo, Konshisha council area of Benue state.

Most of the patients were suffering from fibroid, which requires major operations and some had their surgeries done immediately after they were examined by the medical team.

Some of the beneficiaries, while waiting patiently for their turn said that they had been suffering for over two years but could not afford the cost of operations.

They blamed their poor state of health on lack of resources but expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for the decision to help them.

The Head of Clinical Services at the FMC Makurdi, Dr Paulinus Abu, said that the beneficiaries were selected through advocacy visits to rural communities in the three senatorial zones with support from traditional rulers.

He commended the government for reaching out to the needy.

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