The Reaching Unreached Refugees and Peace Initiative (RURPI), a non-governmental organization (NGO), provided free medical services to more than 100 vulnerable people in the village of Kpantinapo in the local government area (LGA) of Yorro in Taraba.
NGO director Theophilus Songo at the closing of the free medical awareness day and the distribution of glasses on Saturday, said the initiative is to bridge the gap between the medical needs of the people and the ‘access to medical services available.
Songo said that thanks to the self-funded initiative, the group was able to provide medical interventions, especially in treating eye problems and distributing glasses to vulnerable people in the state.
He added that the initiative had also addressed dental issues with nearly 3,000 refugees and other vulnerable people in the state.
“This initiative came about because we discovered that people with this condition are subject to many challenges involving their sights and prosthetics.
“However, we also noticed a glaring disparity between people’s needs and the service available.
“Plus, due to the statewide internal crisis and the influx of displaced people from other insurgencies, most people can’t even pay their medical bills.
“And so, we decided to step in and see how we can help in our own way.
“So far we have been able to reach almost 3,000. And today we are here in the village of Kpantinapo because we have heard the scream of people who have heard about what we are doing in others. regions.
“We hope to reach up to 200 people today and if there is a need we may need to make arrangements and come at a later date.
“This is a self-funded project and so it is not very easy, and we hope that one day we can get a reasonable sponsorship in order to broaden our reach and be able to reach even more people”, did he declare.
Songo said he would continue to do his best to help the people and urge partners to support the group so that even more vulnerable people can be reached and helped.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to reporters said they were overwhelmed by the human gesture.
Mr Danjuma Monsheri, 64, said he had suffered from visual impairment for several years now but could not pay the bills since his village was attacked by shepherds and lost his means of subsistence.
“I am very happy today that my eyes are finally treated. I have been battling this problem for over four years now, but I was afraid to go to the hospital because I have no money.
“I lost everything a few years ago when the shepherds destroyed my village. I pray that God will bless these people for me ”.
Also, Ms. Hanatu Yahaya thanked the NGO for coming to their aid.