City College of Health Science and Technology (CCHST), Zaria, Kaduna State, has offered free medical treatment to over 1,200 patients.
The Provost of the college, Mr Sankyai Obadiah disclose this on Monday while interacting with newsmen at the end of the exercise held at the college premises in Zaria.
He said the essence of the gesture was to extend a hand of fellowship to the neighboring communities, adding that it was part of the institution’s corporate social responsibilities.
“As a Health College, we want to give back to the society being the host community what it had been doing to us; we want them to feel us too.
“Considering the economic situation of the country, many people can’t afford simple medication now, hence the decision to embark on this exercise,” he said.
On allegation that the college had no accreditation to run its courses, Obadiah described such allegation as baseless, false and an attempt to tarnish the image of the institution.
He said the college had full statutory obligation to operate with the necessary approvals from the regulatory bodies.
According to him, the college had gotten necessary approvals from Kaduna State Ministry of Health, Corporate Affairs Commission and Kaduna State Primary Health care Agency.
He said it also got a letter of no objection to run as a monotechnic from National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
The Rector explained that the institution also sought for and got approvals from other government regulatory bodies saddled with the responsibility of accreditation.
He listed the institutions as Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Health Record Officers Registration Board of Nigeria, Optometrists’ and Dispensing Opticians Board of Nigeria and West Africa Health Examination Board.