Reprieve has come to the way of cleft lip/palate victims in Adamawa State as a corps member serving in state, Victor Hilenen Aben offered them free surgery.
Aben who partnered Oral Health Advocacy Initiative, OHAI, a non governmental agency that aimed at increasing awareness on the problems of oral health in the society, said the free healthcare was part of his Community Development Service, CDS, of NYSC programme.
Over 22 patients were treated free of charge during the three days free surgery operations held at Federal Medical Centre, Yola, from 23rd-26th April, 2013.
Speaking during the flag off of the surgery, Aben stated that his intention was to bring succour to the indigent people in his host community. “I want to serve my host community to the best of my ability. This project is one of the many projects I have for this community”.
The Project Officer of the OHAI, Mr Lobi Aondona commended Mr Aben for the initiative and expressed his organisation’s readiness to work with any individual or group including corps members who come up with viable projects for the people.
Speaking during the exercise, the NYSC State Coordinator for Adamawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Taura represented by the head of CDS, described the project laudable, even as he commended the initiators for rendering selfless service to the community.