2,000 Edo Residents Receive Free Medical Services
Residents of Esan West Council in Edo State have received free medical services offered by Edo State government.
The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, briefed journalists after the outreach on Thursday stating that the programme was part of efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration to improve the wellbeing of Edo people.
She also said that the outreach which was organized through the Ministry of Health with support from the Head of Local Government Administration in Esan West was for residents of Esan West Local Government Area.
However, Prof. Akoria stated that those who were selected had the opportunity to receive top healthcare services from over 200 volunteers and healthcare professionals in different areas of medical practice including Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ObGyn), Nursing, Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, Health Promotion/Education and Community Health, among others.
In her mentions, those are who were attended to were the youths in the community, elderly women and men, and vulnerable persons, benefited from the free cervical and breast cancer screening, free eye screening and glasses, family planning services, and tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C, among others.
In her words: “We are glad with the huge success recorded at the just-concluded medical outreach organised by the government for residents of Esan West LGA. The outreach is part of the government’s efforts to enhance the health and wellbeing of all citizens, ensuring that quality and efficient healthcare services get to the grassroots and underserved areas in the state.
“We are pleased with the turnout of both residents and volunteers. While we had over 200 volunteers and other health professionals, over 2000 clients were served, resulting in over 3,500 patient encounters, as most patients had at least two clinical screening and/or treatment encounters.
“Free eyeglasses and medicines were dispensed; there were family planning (FP) services with the distribution of free FP commodities; tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C as well as breast and cervical cancer screening—some cases were detected, among others.
“We are confident that this outreach aimed at further raising awareness on the need for constant medical checkups among residents will complement the government’s efforts at ensuring a resilient healthcare system for quality and efficient healthcare delivery.”