From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has reiterated his administration’s resolve to strengthen programmes in the healthcare sector for effective service delivery in the state.
Governor Sule stated this recently during the flag-off of the state, wide second phase of free medical outreach in Awe Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, 700 people would benefit from the free medical outreach while 15 persons would undergo surgery during the exercise.
He said the establishment of Healthcare Insurance Scheme in the state was aimed at providing accessible and affordable health care services to the indigents across the state.
“It would be recalled that as part of our commitment to improve the health condition of our people in the state, this administration within the first 100 days in office embarked on a state wide medical outreach where over 5,200 people benefited. “This medical outreach will be a continuous exercise until every nook and corners of Nasarawa state is covered,” the governor stated.
He therefore, urged the people to come out en masse and benefit from the gesture which would be carried out by qualified medical practitioners for the well-being of the state.
Also speaking, the representative of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Mohammad Sambo, said the scheme was ever ready to support all programmes that would increase access to healthcare security.
He however, appealed to the government to support the health insurance agencies in the state with vehicles that will enable them go round the various local government areas for enrollment of indigenes into the health insurance programme on-going in the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya, said the essence of the free medical outreach was to provide healthcare service for over 700 individuals as well as carry out 15 surgeries free of charge.
He commended the governor for providing for the health needs of people, especially the less privileged and assured of the health ministry’s commitment in offering quality health services to the people of the state.
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