By Daniel Karlmax
No fewer than thirteen persons at a medical outreach and evangelical mission have successfully undergone surgical operations from different surgical conditions in Odumehaje community, Benue state, Nigeria, from the 1st to 4th December, 2023.
Founder and Chairman of the Christian philanthropic group, Odumehaje Christian Medical Mission, OCMM, Dr. Paul Odumu who disclosed this in Aobida community where the outreach took place said, 78 persons from five states also benefited from medical consultations and other services during the four-day program.
Dr. Odumu pointed out that some of the surgical operations done included: appendectomy, hydrocelectomy, herniorrhaphy, orchidectomy, and lipomas as well as massive incisional hernia repair were successfully done to the glory of God.
The medical consultant explained that the prevalent medical cases discovered and treated were abdominal infection, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, chest infection, and disseminated tuberculosis(TB), among others.
The Team Lead identified laboratory examinations conducted ranging from hepatitis, HIV and malaria, etcetera. The mission included a new addition to their usual services this time around- ultrasonography, where chest, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans were done for diagnosis of conditions like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and TB .
He said, over 80 persons were administered drugs for the treatment of different ailments diagnosed during the exercise.
While fielding questions from newsmen, Dr Paul Odumu said the medical mission followed the need to complement government efforts in the area of healthcare delivery, and to assist the less privileged considering the economic hardship facing the country currently.
Reverend father in charge of the Catholic Church in the community, Fr. Ben Entonu, who spoke on behalf of the benefitting community prayed God to bless the founder of the group and volunteers with more wisdom and capacity to do more.
The Medical Outreach had over 20 volunteers ranging from medical and non-medical personnel, counselors, community leaders and evangelists, among others.
High points of the event included words of appreciation from beneficiaries, including the over 50 persons who decided for Christ and pledged to join the Discipleship classes in the local church of the community.