In line with the teaching of Jesus Christ, who enjoined the strong to show care to the weak, members of the Christian Medical and Dental Students Association (CMDA) at the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu visited Mgboko community in Obingwa Local Government Area to organise a free medical crusade.
The outreach, which lasted for two days, featured evangelism during which the students moved from one household to another to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Afterwards, the students invited the villagers to a crusade at Umuhuaba Isikor Primary School in the evening.
In his sermon, Dr Godwin Uwaoma urged the villagers to return to God, admonishing them to desist from diabolical activities. He said there was no problem too big for God to solve, calling on members of the congregation to give their lives to Christ.
When altar calls were made at the crusade, many villagers came out of the congregation to give their lives to Christ and become born again. Uwaoma said prayers for them and led the baptism rite for them.
The following morning, students visited each household in the villagers, engaging the residents in morning devotion and also reminding them of the free medical service which was scheduled to hold that day. The outreach started a few minutes past 8pm.
Nancy Nwagboso, a 500-Level student, sensitised the villagers on dental hygiene. She said: “Dental hygiene is the act of taking proper care of the oral cavity and its component. It involves everything one can do to promote the health of the teeth. The teeth must be washed properly with a brush and tooth paste, at least twice daily.”
Addressing the gathering, the traditional ruler of the village, His Royal Highness Eze Friday Ubani, welcomed the students to the community. He praised them for considering the community for the outreach, describing the gesture as generous. He advised his subjects to give their maximum cooperation to make the event successful.
The villagers received free medical check up, diabetes screening, hypertension, body mass index, malaria, retroviral syndrome (RVS), urinalysis and eye test. Also, the students distributed free drugs to the beneficiaries. No fewer than 400 indigenes of Mgboko benefited from the outreach.
Apart from the free medical services, the students also donated materials, such as clothes, shoes, tooth brushes, tooth pastes, biscuits and soft drinks to the villagers.
Another crusade was held at the primary school. Nkasi Enyichi, who presided as officiating minister, harped on the need for the villagers to receive spiritual salvation, saying it was only through their belief in God that the drugs distributed to them could function effectively.
A villager, Mr Paul Nwaduru, hailed the students for the gesture. He urged them to keep up the “good work”, while praying to God to grant the students an “endless mercy” for bringing the outreach to the village.
Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, Chisomebi Obi-Ekekwe, a 300-Level Medicine and Surgery student, said she was thrilled by the warm reception accorded them. She said the outreach was successful, because they saved many of the villagers plagued by diseases which could be avoided if proper hygiene had been maintained.
According to the president of the association, Ikenna Dick, the outreach is an annual programme aimed at assisting with the medical needs of people in rural communities. It also provides opportunities for ABSU medical students to gain practical knowledge about community health.
Members of the Christian Medical and Dental Students Association (CMDA) at the Abia State University (ABSU) in Uturu have visited Mgboko community in Obingwa Local Government Area to give free medical care to residents. UCHECHUKWU AMANZE (300-Level Medicine and Surgery) reports.