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21st Mission NIGERIA

On the 2nd of November 2016, a four member team of Heart Doctors departed for Abuja through Istanbul. The purpose of the mission was o offer medical attendance to people living in remote rural regions of Nassarawa State that State was created 20 years ago and its population is 2.0 million people. The local preparation of the mission was undertaken by the Governor Hon. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura,

The members of the mission were welcomed upon their arrival at the Airport of Abuja by the Health Commissioner Hon. Daniel Iya; then they were led to Lafia, the capital of Niger State and settled at an hotel as guests of the Governor.

On the 3rd of November, the team first met the Deputy Governor of the State, who welcomed Heart Doctors and thanked for their free medical care relief to the people of Nassarawa State (a commemorative plaque was offered to the team). Then the mission moved to the Development Area Lafia North and offered medical care to patients gathered in Kwandare primary health care clinic.

On the 4th and 5th of November, the team moved to Lafia East Developmenr Area and worked respectively in the primary health care clinic of Arikyal and Assakio.

On the 6th of November, the mission members visited Akwanga city and worked in Akwanga West Development Area ( Mogs Clinic Rinze).

On the 7th of November the team visited the Karshi Development Area and examined sick people in Karshi Clinic.

More frequent were the following health problems: malaria, gastroenteritis, infections of the respiratory system, lower back pains, parasites, hypertension, arthralgias, skin diseases, epilepsy, infections of the urinary system, haematuria, osteosarcoma, heart diseases.

Before starting work in each community, the team had to visit the local traditional ruler (Emir) to get the required permission.

The work of the mission was completed on the 7th of November, 2016.

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