Rising cases of hernia among Abia children worry doctor
* As rep member Onyejeocha extends free medical outreach
By Steve Oko
The leader of the medical team on free medical outreach at Umunneochi /Isuikwuato federal constituency, Dr. Humble Evuchaiwe , has expressed worry over the rising cases of hernia among children.
Dr. Evuchaiwe who raised the concern weekend at a media chat during a free medical outreach , attributed the ugly development to congenital malfunction.
The exercise was sponsored by the member representing Umunneochi /Isuikwuato federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
He said that most mothers fail to attend antenatal clinics for the necessary routine drugs and adequate medications during pregnancy, hence, their babies stand the risk of having hernia.
According to him the ratio of hernia cases the team had treated was three children to one adult, a situation, he said was very disturbing.
He urged pregnant women to ensure they go for antenatal cares during pregnancy to avoid exposing their babies to avoidable adverse health conditions.
Meanwhile no fewer than 50 patients had undergone surgery within two days of operation by the team according to Dr. Evuchaiwe.
He identified hernia as the most rampart of the cases they had treated, adding that some of the patients have multiple surgeries.
The medical practitioner who said the cost of hernia surgery in hospitals “is N70,000 to N85,000”, thanked Hon. Onyejeocha for providing such service free of charge for her constituents.
He said the number of patients who turned up for the exercise was overwhelming, but assured that the team would try hard to give them attention.
The team leader revealed that over 45 medical personnel including surgeons, pediatricians, gynecologists, pharmacists and nurses were in the team.
One of the beneficiaries, Cecilia Okoroigwe who brought her five year -old boy for hernia poured encomiums on the lawmaker for the uncommon gesture.
She said she could not raise the fund for the surgery in a hospital, and thanked Onyejeocha for coming to her rescue.
Similarly, Happiness Eze and Friday Chukwukere who were still on the queue waiting for their turn thanked the lawmaker for giving them the opportunity to access free health care.
Later in an interview, Hon. Onyejeocha said she was motivated to embark on the project to ensure her constituents especially the down trodden did not die of curable diseases.
She explained that the free medical outreach usually held every June but that she decided to embark on the current exercise because of the overwhelming number of patients who showed up but couldn’t get treatment in June.
” I cried in June when I saw the massive number of people who came out during our annual free medical outreach in June but could not be attended to. That’s why I decided to do another one now so we can help save some avoidable deaths”, she said.
The Deputy Chief Whip further said she decided to build a health centre to avoid the bureaucracy and inconveniences of staying in government facilities for the exercise.
Onyejeocha who built the health centre in memory of her grandmother said the idea was also to ensure the safety of facilities she provided for health care which she regretted were vandalised at public places.
She promised to sustain the gesture to ensure her constituents have easy access to quality healthcare.
Our correspondent observed that a huge number of locals with different kinds of ailments including eye impairments trooped out in their numbers for the exercise.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.