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NYSC DG Unveils Health Initiative for Rural Residents of FCT Community


By Folasade Akpan

The Executive Director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General. Muhammad Fadah unveiled the Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers (HIRD) program in the Dakwo Community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)


Fadah said the initiative is in line with the cardinal point of his administration’s policy direction to deepen NYSC’s impact on rural development services.

According to him, HIRD was conceived more than eight years ago as a platform for the program to help provide easy access to healthcare for people in rural areas.

This, he said, was implemented through medical campaigns carried out in nooks and crannies of the country by the Corps medical personnel.

He added that the success of HIRD over the past eight years has been quite unprecedented while calling on members of the Dakwo community to come out in large numbers and benefit from it at no cost.

Fadah thanked stakeholders for their contributions and donations of drugs and other materials for awareness.

He, however, called on them to do more so that other communities in the interior can also benefit, as the NYSC remains resolute in its quest to make a positive impact.

In his remarks, NYSC FCT Coordinator Alhaji Abdul Suleiman thanked the medical staff of the corps for their selfless service to humanity as well as the people of Dakwo community for opening their community to awareness.

Suleiman said HIRD’s sustainability was non-negotiable because the program prioritized rural development.

In remarks, the Sarkin Dakwo community, Django Bangi thanked the NYSC for choosing his community for outreach and prayed for the continuation of the program.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that HIRD is characterized by medical diagnosis, treatment, referral, as well as community sensitization on disease prevention and management.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NYSC launched the initiative in 2014.

The body said more than two million people in rural areas have benefited from HIRD. (NOPE)