Dr. Mmaduagwu Maureen Adanna, an optometrist from Ideato South LG in Imo State, is a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and works at the National Defense College Clinic, Abuja. In this conversation with ENE OSHABA, she shares her passion for quality health care and her NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) project, among others.
Tell us about your medical project?
The project was born out of my passion to impact the immediate community of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where I serve and give back to the wider society.
I realized the lack of basic health facilities at the NYSC FCT Secretariat, which made it difficult for corps members and staff working at the NYSC Secretariat to seek health care. The need to fill this gap motivated me to establish this clinic as part of my contribution to the provision of health services to staff, corps members, and the community around the NYSC FCT Secretariat. This would also be part of my personal NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) project.
So, isn’t the project aimed at attracting an exceptional reward from the members of the body for the management of the NYSC?
I didn’t get into the project for a prize, it grew out of my passion to give back to society and make an impact during my year of service.
This is a purely humanitarian project, I do not intend to derive any monetary benefit from it.
This is a legacy project that I want to survive for generations to come. The primary purpose of my creating this clinic at the NYSC FCT Secretariat is to impact health. I pray that he will stand the test of time and survive me.
Where did you get funds considering you just graduated and not fully working yet?
I did not use my personal funds for this project. This project was possible because of the support I received from my mother, Dr. Jane Mmaduagwu, my family members, friends, NYSC State Coordinator, AD CDS Mrs. Delphina Eze l and other well-meaning people. I am forever grateful for their support.
How do you intend to sustain this clinic?
The clinic would be entrusted to the Medical CDS of the Department of Health Services of the NYSC FCT Secretariat for proper management and maintenance.
What is your assessment of the government’s commitment to providing quality health care?
The government is doing its best, but there is always room for improvement due to our burgeoning population.
The NYSC is the biggest youth mobilizer in the country and the global focus is on young people to curb unrest. Around 350,000 educated young people go through this program every year and acquire skills through the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, myself and nine other Corps Members represented Corp Member Nationwide at the National Assembly Public Hearing (NASS) on the NYSC Trust Fund Bill, I’m a Fan of the program and its ability to contribute to nation building.
I have learned a lot during this period of my year of service and that is why I am motivated to set up the clinic. We all always need to come up with ideas to make our immediate community a better place and when we do, this life will be much easier to live.
How did he serve in the FCT?
My year of service has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to meet new people and learn new digital skills through the SAED and GIZ SKYE programs for two weeks.
My service at the National Defense College Clinic has helped me improve my clinical skills. I believe opportunities are everywhere, but it’s only your preparation that counts and your ability to seize every chance. Serving in FCT has been amazing.