IN collaboration with two Non-Governmental Organisations, Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation (ABC) and Jesus House Mission, (JHM), a United Kingdom-based health organisation, Oyo State Government, on Monday, began a five-day free health mission in the state with a target of 2,500 beneficiaries.
The exercise would hold at selected ABC clinics across the state. ABC Foundation was initiated by the wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and the free medical mission is to bring free medical services closer to the people.
Shortly before the exercise began, the state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, who played host to the a delegation from UK-based Jesus House Mission, officials of the Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation (ABC), led by the founder and wife of the governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi; and state Health Ministry officials disclosed that no fewer than 1.5million people had so far benefitted from the administration’s free health programmes across the state from 2012 till date.
The governor explained that with the support of ABC, many people suffering from minor to major ailments, including surgeries have been attended to under the free health mission in the last six years, adding, “this is the first time since 2012 when we started the free health mission that we are having a team of Nigerians in the Diaspora giving us support, this is very commendable.
“It is pertinent to inform you that our free health programmes, which berthed in 2012, have covered 1.5million people in the state, including the local communities. The coverage spanned various ailments from minor to major, as well as surgeries and the
support Jesus House Mission is giving us today will go down in history of healthcare in Oyo State, just as the ABC has done in the area of preventing deaths through cervical cancer through collaboration with the state government”, the governor stated further.
Leader of the delegation, Dr. Agu Irukwu said that the programme was billed to complement the efforts by the state government in combating health conditions, stressing that the JHM was inspired to support the government in acknowledgment of what he called its noteworthy efforts to bring healthcare to the doorsteps of the ordinary citizens.
Irukwu further explained that apart from free medical examinations, distribution of drugs and free eye glasses, the team came to the state with over 1,000 birth kits for pregnant women, adding, “We are here because it gives us an opportunity to support the great work the state government is doing in the health sector.
The medical services to be provided in the week-long exercise, includes blood pressure checks, BMI assessment, and laboratory tests including HIV, Tuberculosis, malaria, PSA, Random blood sugar, typhoid and cholesterol.
There would also be other medical services, including general clinical consultations, free medications, minor day case surgical procedures and specialist clinical consultations such as gynecology, ophthalmology, dental, paediatrics and cardiologist.