UBTH doctors offer free services to police, NUJ, NBA members

As a prelude to the 35th anniversary of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) branch, its members have embarked on a free health outreach for officers and men of the Edo State Police Command.

During the progamme, which was carried out by over 36 doctors, more than 200 policemen and women were given free medical examination and treatment where necessary.

President and Secretary of the branch, Dr. Okafor Kingsley and Dr. Okata Nkemakolam, in their separate speech said they embarked on the project as their contribution in solving the herculean security challenges facing the society today because they strongly believe that, a healthy, appreciated and well-motivated police force was absolutely important in preventing and fighting crime”.

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This free health examination and treatment to the police they said, would also be extended to other groups like the members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), State Security Service (SSS), among others, to mark the anniversary of the association.

According to them, ARD UBTH branch was formed in August 1978 (35 years ago) and is the umbrella body of all doctors below the rank of consultants in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

“Our mandate is to ensure that all members work in an atmosphere that would allow and encourage them to deliver the best possible healthcare to the citizens of Edo State and its environs.

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“In keeping with this mandate, we embarked on a free health outreach programme at the Edo State Police Command Headquarters during which over 36 doctors offered free medical care to more than 200 rank and file of the police in Edo State”.

“The programme is being sponsored by ARD UBTH with appreciable support from the management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, the HOD Pharmacy UBTH, Chi Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Korlyns Pharmaceuticals, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, LAIDER Intl (W.A.) Ltd, many other well-spirited groups and individuals and the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Folusho Adebanjo”, they further said.

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