PRESIDENT of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , on Saturday flagged off an expanded medical outreach for 2020 in his Yobe North Senatorial District .
The flag – off was held at the General Hospital , Gashua and Federal Medical Centre , Nguru , all in Yobe State .
A statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the Senate President , Mr . Ola Awoniyi, indicated that the free medical services include eye treatment and surgery , free gynecological check up and surgeries , free surgery for hernia, hydrocele , perineal tear, fibroid and uterine descent .
The annual event , which is being sponsored by Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Foundation Medical Outreach , began in 2018 with the main focus initially on eye -related medical conditions , but has now been expanded in scope of treatment and number of beneficiaries .
For this year alone , more than 5 , 000 patients with eye – related issues are expected to receive treatment , while over 6 , 000 patients with hypertension, diabetes and the likes will benefit from the gesture.
Speaking at the ceremony , Lawan said , “ This medical outreach is in keeping with what we believe is important and necessary intervention for our people , who need either the surgeries or the general treatment to recover their sight or improve their sight .
“ Since I can afford it , I thought it was my duty to provide the means of some intervention.