International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education in partnership with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirate, on Saturday offered free medical service to 1000 destitute at Karu Village in Abuja Municipal Area Councils (AMAC).
Addressing newsmen at the venue of the medical outreach, Dr Kabir Kabo, Director-General of the Centre, said the free medical services were part of annual activities of the organisation.
Kabo, represented by Alhaji Garba Sani, Director of External Relations, Research and Consultancy of the Centre, said the medical outreach would be extended to many communities around Abuja metropolis.
He said the centre had earlier organised similar exercise in Deidei, Karmo, Kucigoro and other communities within the FCT due to increasing demand for medical assistance in the villages.
“ We have been involved in a number of charitable activities including medical outreach. We are here at the Karu village central mosque to provide free medical support to the community.
“ We are targeting about 1000 patients but of course the demand is a lot more than that but we are constrains by limited resources.
“ We have less resource than the demand. Our services are highly demanded by the less privilege so wherever we go we have to leave some patients, “ he said.
He disclosed that the centre intended to reach out to other places to provide medical support to the less privilege in the next three weeks.
Kabo explained that the centre had a volunteer medical team of doctors, nurses, pharmacies and other supporting staff dedicated for the humanitarian intervention.
The Centre’s Head of Medical Team, Dr Amina Kumali, said the free medical service was for diabetic and hypertensive patients as well as people suffering from peptic ulcer, malaria and typhoid fever.
“ So far what we have been consulting patients with is usually hypertensive, diabetic and then most commonly is the malaria which is very endemic here.
“Although, we seen few patients whose cases cannot be handle here so we refer them to General Hospital where they will be investigated thoroughly before administering medication,“ Kumali said.
According to her, diabetic is on increase because of lifestyle changes of eating too much of processed foods and advised people to eat healthy meals.
The Head of Karu village community, Malam Abdullahi Gora, expressed gratitude to the Islamic centre for coming to their aid, which according to him was happening for the first time.
“ This is a very commendable effort. We appreciate your assistance because we have many people, who are sick and cannot afford medical bills, “ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education was established in 2012 by some patriotic Nigerians to promote Islamic culture and education.