The Emir of Argungu in Kebbi, Alhaji Samaila Mera, has commended the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for providing free medical services to people in his domain.

Mera told newsmen in Argungu on Thursday that the emirate would, through adequate mobilisation, ensure that people in the area fully derived benefits from the free medical services.

He said the emirate would particularly mobilize rural dwellers to benefit from the free medical services.

“The free medical services have reduced the hardship faced by patients with complicated ailments who required treatment in bigger hospitals,’’ the emir said.

He described the association’s decision to offer free services to the people as exemplary and worthy of emulation.

“It is really commendable, especially when you consider that it will improve government efforts towards health care delivery,’’ Mera said.

He said the emirate had received drugs as a donation from Muslim groups in the UK, and the free medical services by the association would ensure the drugs were utilised adequately.

The Chairman of the state chapter of NMA, Dr. Umar Kangiwa, said the free medical services were part of efforts to ensure that rural dwellers received treatment.

“Consultants will provide the free services for three days,’’ he said.

The Kebbi NMA chairman said the programme which would cover all parts of the state was being conducted in phases in conjunction with the state and local authorities.

(NAN).

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