A medical doctor with University of Abuja, Dr Adamu Mohammed has identified malaria, elephantiasis and high blood pressure as some of the ailments predominant in rural areas of Nasarawa state.

Dr Mohammed made the observation during the provision of free medical services by an Islamic organisation, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jammaat for the people of Uke community in the state over the weekend.

Residents of Uke community in Keffi local government area of Nasarawa state came out in their numbers for free medical services provided by the organisation.

They appealed to government at all levels to equip public hospitals to meet up with the health challenges of the rural areas.

A traditional leader in Uke, Sarkin Hausawa Abdullahi Mohammed, thanked the doctors and the Islamic organisation for the kind gesture.

Organisers of the free health services appealed to the government to pay more attention to the poor irrespective of religious or ethnic leanings.

They argue that the gesture will assist in checking cases of insecurity currently threatening the country.