The 2022 free medical and surgical healthcare intervention programme of Kwara State government commenced on Friday at Malete, Moro local government area of the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, said the free healthcare intervention was designed to create opportunities for members of the public with various health challenges to access free qualitative healthcare services.
Raji said members of the public will benefit from the free smedical consultation, general surgery, eye surgery and provision of reading glasses.
The Commissioner, while interacting with the beneficiaries, community leaders and health workers in Malete, reiterated the commitment of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to providing succour to all segments of the society.
He stated that the free healthcare service was being moved from one community to the other on weekly basis and that all the local government areas of the state would be visited.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of services being rendered and further explained that the commencement of the Year 2022 round of the medical outreach marked the onset of the eighth round of community-based state-wide health care interventions embarked upon by the Governor AbdulRazaq administration.
The matron in charge of Comprehensive Health Centre, Malete, Alhaja Afusat Mohammed, expressed delight at government’s concern for the less-privileged, who she noted usually find it difficult to afford the cost of such surgical services.
The father of one of the beneficiaries, Mr Oseni Rafiu, commended the state government’s efforts at ensuring delivery of qualitative healthcare services to the citizens.
He said, “our story has changed for good in Kwara State, we pray for many more of this kind of life-changing interventions.”
The team lead of the medical and surgical outreach, Dr. Stephen Arigidi, said the turnout has been impressive and that the team has enough people on ground to meet the target of providing medical, general and eye surgery and glasses to well over 500 beneficiaries.