The Taraba Free Medical Rescue Outreach organised by the Hope Afresh Foundation in Collaboration with the Ministry of Health which is considered to have exceeded its target has been described as a huge success.
This was disclosed by the Medical Coordinating Director of the Outreach, Dr. Dashe Dasogot at the venue of the programme today.
He stated that the medical team had treated about 2000 patients,with various ailments including, malaria, worm disease,stomach ulcers, hypertension, diabetes and others. He added that the team had also conducted HIV screening for over 1200 patients, as well as treated numerous eye conditions including 61 eye surgeries and given out several eyeglasses to those who required them.
Dr. Dashe who commended the laudable project of the wife of the Governor, stated that the outreach has greatly alleviated the suffering of the common man in Taraba. He stressed that if such programmes could get the support of the State government and well meaning citizens, it will go a long way in assisting the common man to access medical care.
The medical director further advised that for subsequent outreaches, provision be made for adequate accommodation for both personnel and patients as well as more personnels to avoid overworking those on ground.
He also urged the beneficiaries to appreciate God for giving the Governor’s wife , who is passionate about the plight of Tarabans, the wisdom to initiate projects that help to better their lives. He pointed out that if these treatments were conducted in hospitals, most of them would not afford it.
Also speaking, one of the medical personnels on ground, Mr. Benjamin Suleiman Tswapski, stated that the team had attended to over two thousand patients with each having about two or three ailments, hence it can be concluded that the team had exceeded its target of treating 5000 patients.
He stressed that a surprisingly high percentage of people were diagnosed with high sugar level, these and some other medical conditions have been referred to Tertiary Health Care Centres for comprehensive care, adding that the team also discovered a large number of deteriorated eye conditions especially among children.
Also speaking, the community leader, Mr. Istifanus Gagare expressed gratitude to God for the project held in his community, stressing that Her Excellency has saved a lot of lives through the programme as many sick people could not assess medical help due to exorbitant charges at Health Care Centers.
The Taraba state House of Assembly has on Tuesday, considered the amendment of the 2012 Taraba state Fiscal Responsibility Law, which was assented to by former governor, Danbaba Suntai.
The consideration of the law was done in a public hearing held at the chambers of the House, with different stakeholders, ranging from ministries, departments and agencies, as well as civil society organisations and individuals in attendance.
Declaring the event open, the Speaker of the House, Abel Peter Diah, stated that the essence of the amendment was to meet up with the challenges of the day, while the Chairman, House committee on Justice, Judiciary and Cabinet Affairs, Bashir Mohammed, added that what was practicable in other states was not practicable in Taraba state hence the need for the amendment. During the session, certain grey areas were raised by stakeholders, especially that of prosecution in the event of the violations of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) Law.
One of the clauses, however, implies that such could be done by a representative of the Attorney General or a Legal Practitioner.
But some argued that allowing just any legal practitioner could usurp the powers of the AG in that respect. This grey area was also amplified by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Ministry of Justice.
But a member of the committee, Hosea Ibi, a legal practitioner, disagreed on the matter, saying such would not usurp the powers of the AG since the Attorney General gives the fiat for any prosecution.
The problem was however, laid to rest when it was agreed that any appointed legal practitioner by the FRC, must seek a fiat from the Attorney General (AG).
Another grey area was the likelihood of conflict between the state Auditor-General and the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC).
The two offices have an almost similar duty of reporting the State’s financial transactions and some felt there could be duplication of duties or a clash of interest.
However, the committee disagreed and instead concluded that the two offices can work in synergy and as sister agencies towards the same purpose. At the end of the day, all parties were satisfied.
The Chairman of the committee on Justice, Judiciary and cabinet Affairs, Bashir Mohammed, himself a legal practitioner, in his closing remarks, appreciated all present for their contributions and called on the major stakeholders to find a way of liaising with his committee on the Bill towards the success of its passage.
Meanwhile, certain Bills were considered earlier in the week at plenary in the Taraba state House of Assembly.
They are: the Taraba state Waste Management Authority Bill 2016, sponsored by Abel Peter Diah, PDP, Mbamnga constituency; Charles Maijankai, PDP, Karim 1 constituency and Nura Dantsoho, APC, Jalingo 1 constituency of the House.
The Bill was considered for first reading and referred to the Rules and Business committee. Also, an Executive Bill passed second reading. It is the Taraba state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Bill 2016.
The Bill was welcome by most members of the House as well as the Speaker, Abel Peter Diah.
It was then referred to the House committee on Water Resources for further consideration.