With the aim of ensuring a healthier society, the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, hosted a mega medical outreach programme, with over 800 residents of Zaria in attendance.
The event which was held recently at the Mallam Musa Square, Zazzau Emirate Council also witnessed the distribution of free drugs for participants, according to the outcomes of their medical screenings.
In his address, the Emir of Zazzau, HRH Ambassador, Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli CFR, appreciated the kind gesture of the association for organising the medical outreach.
“I commend the efforts of the leadership of PANS ABU Zaria and encourage other stakeholders in the community to learn from it, as it provides an avenue for people that can’t afford hospital services to get adequate healthcare services at no cost,” he said.
Pharm. Zubairu Sulaiman Langai, an executive of the Kaduna State Young Pharmacists Group, delivered a health talk at the opening session of the event, as he encouraged participants to shun self-medication and always seek guidance from professionals before taking any drugs.
“I want to use this opportunity to caution pregnant women on the risk they are exposing themselves and their babies to, while taking drugs without seeking consent of pharmacists. It is highly dangerous. Also, our youths should please stay away from drug abuse and help those into it already in order to ensure a drug free generation,” he said.
Addressing the audience, the ABU PANS President, Mallam Adam Abdulraheem, thanked the Emir for attending the medical programme and congratulated him on his second year on the throne as well as the awarding of the CFR Honour.
The outreach which ended around 6pm also featured malaria test, blood sugar level test, BP check, and vital organs check.