Equipped with our two brand new portable ultrasound diagnostic machines (DP30, Mindray), rudimentary haematology laboratory apparatus, drugs, optometric devices for eye tests and microfluidic devices for clinical research, our two Ford E350 Super Duty Type II Ambulances (previously used as mobile intensive care units in the US) were recently deployed as Mobile Clinics, at Akpabuyo, near Calabar in Southern Nigeria. Members of the clinical and research team consisted of volunteers mainly from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. These included specialist consultants in internal medicine, radiology, haematology, surgery/gynaecology and optometry, effectively constituting an elite team for patients in rural areas who have no health insurance, cannot pay for such services and would hardly travel to the secondary or tertiary healthcare facilities in urban areas.
In our maiden medical outreach to Akpabuyo, near Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, over 81 patients were examined, 23 of whom received free abdominal and pelvic scans, with sonographic diagnosis including renal calculus, hydronephrosis, uterine fibroids and Ashermann’s syndrome, while 53 received optometric checks where refractive error was found in 32 patients and up to 20 free eye glasses given out, in addition to free drugs. We believe that our outreach and similar ones, can effectively bridge the health disparity gap in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The Archbishop of Calabar, Most Rev Dr Joseph Ekuwem, blessed the Mobile Clinics and the Medicalt team at 8.45 am, January 9th, 2016. Yours sincerely drove one of the Mobile Clinics and by 10.15am, were at Ikot Edem Odo, Akpabuyo, LGA, for the medical outreach.