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Rural health care in Nigeria

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Eye surgery is performed on a patient at Gwandum Clinc in Nigeria. The mobile clinic and rural health care program of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria are saving lives in remote areas that aren’t reached by government health programs. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.
By the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel

July 6, 2017 | JALINGO, Nigeria (UMNS)
Margret Daniel, who was at the Gwandum maternity clinic with her 9-month-old baby, said she thanked God for the health care ministry, which has provided care that has increased life spans.
“Without this medical care, many people would have died of diseases that are preventable and curable,” Daniel said.
At the maternity clinic in Worom, Mallam Sule Naban, the Mai Angwa Worom or local community chief, said the maternity care is saving women and children who are the most vulnerable to communicable diseases. “Now, we have a remedy for medical challenges affecting our community. We are very happy and we thank the missionaries for their work,” he said.
At the medical facility in Jalingo, Esther Emmanuel said she had been treated at many places for high blood pressure, but only started feeling better after her son, a pastor, brought her to the United Methodist hospital.