Frank-West Specialist Hospital LTD as part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s Independent Anniversary has commenced a free medical checkup for Keke drivers in Yenagoa metropolis.
The a 3-day free medical exercise which kick- started on the 30th of September is expected to end on the 2nd of October 2020.
The Medical Director of Frank-West Specialist Hospital LTD, Dr. Frank-West Odunukwe while exchanging views with newsmen in his office in Yenagoa, on the preparedness of the hospital for the smooth take off of the exercise, said he decided to embark on the free medical checkup for Keke drivers because of the hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Odunukwe stressed that the free medical checkup is part of his philanthropic gesture and a way of giving back to the society and to assist government in eradicating poverty as most of the Keke drivers are living in penury and can barely survive to take care of themselves and their families.
According to him, the free medical checkup involves baseline investigation of beneficiaries, checking of their vital signs, Tuberculosis test, HIV test, Diabetes test and eye test as well as administering drugs to them, adding that the package also include health education in order for them to live a healthy lifestyle.
He noted that in view of the important role Keke drivers play in saving lives by conveying sick persons and accident victims to the hospitals for treatment, there is the need for the assistance in form of free medical checkup to ensure that they live long and be strong enough to continue to work to cater for their families.
Odunukwe emphasized that as one of the oldest hospitals established before the creation of the state with the name New Uchenna Hospital and now Frank-West Specialist Hospital LTD still along Imgbi road, Amarata, it operates a friendly standing policy of attending to patients on emergency before damanding for deposit.
The medical director advised well spirited Bayelsans, philanthropist, wealthy persons and other medical personnels to extend medical care to the downtrodden, as according to him the milk of human kindness done to the needy is what we will be remembered for in the society and not how much wealth accumulated.