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5,771 benefit from Delta free rural health scheme

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—A total of 5,771 patients drawn from thirty communities covering seven local government areas of Delta State have so far been treated in the on-going free rural health scheme launched by the state government.

Dr. Ann Ojimba told reporters that apart from other health services, the state government decided to include HIV screening in order to assist rural dwellers to know their HIV status.

She  noted that “HIV is no longer a death sentence in the state, as the state has HIV/AIDS treatment centres.”

She said that out of 1,800 persons screened in the area of HIV, 60 people tested positive.

Another medical doctor in the team, Dr. Odume Okuguni, said that so far, 170 cataracts have been successfully removed from partially blind Deltans, while 89 cases of general surgery were handled.

She said in the area of obstetrics and gynecology, 19 cases have been handled, with fibroid topping the list.

The team will today move to Umuebu and Umutu in Ukwuani local government area.


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