Health

Nasarawa Gov’s wife flags-off medical outreach

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

Wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Silifat Sule, has flagged-off free medical outreach for 1000 indigenes in the state, aimed at improving their  health. 

Sule performed the ceremony on Monday, shortly after concluding a road walk with members of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), who are in Lafia for their 23rd Annual National Scientific Conference.

Speaking during the flag-off, the governor’s wife, appreciated the association for the medical intervention, saying that the gesture will go a long way in addressing the immediate medical needs of people in the state.

She, therefore, called on  residents to come out en masse to access the medical services even as she thanked the association for choosing the state to organise the Annual National Scientific Conference.

Also speaking, National Chairman of the AHAPN, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo explained that the health outreach was part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which the association carries out regularly.

Ogunjemiyo said: “About 1000 indigenes are expected to benefit from the medical outreach and they will enjoy pharmaceutical care free of charge. Malaria, blood pressure check, height and weight check, blood glucose are some of the issues to be looked into. They will also get free consultation and counselling.

“This is part of of our Corporate Social Responsibility carried out regularly and during conferences of this magnitude. It is meant to complement efforts of Nasarawa government in improving the health of its citizenry.

“We always organise it to complement the efforts of the state government in improving the health of its citizenry. Indigenes have the opportunity of enjoying the pharmaceutical care free of charge.

“Most of the ailments don’t even require medication. There are some of them that will probably just require counselling. We are not treating chronic ailments here. We are only treating basic ailments.”

Ogunjemiyo also explained that the essence of the road walk carried out earlier was to improve personal health and as a symbolic walk against drug abuse.

“The choice of what to walk against is solely due to the fact that drug abuse has become a major public health issue worldwide and the attendant damaging effects it’s having on our youths and young adults,” he said.

In an interview  with The Voice, one of the beneficiaries of the medical outreach, Mallam Aliyu Magaji said the gesture will go a long way to tackle some health challenges of the indigenes, who are not buoyant enough to visit a health centre.

“Some of us don’t go to hospital not because we don’t want to go but because of the harsh economic situation we find ourselves. So for these people to bring this initiative here is a big plus for us. It has given us the opportunity to come out and get the medical attention that we wanted but cannot pay for,” he said.

He, therefore, urged the association to sustain the effort and called on other organisations and well meaning Nigerians to follow the steps of the association.

The Voice reports that the association also paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd), who thanked them for the visit and for selecting the state to hold their annual conference.

The Voice also reports that the 23rd Annual National Scientific Conference of the association with the theme “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the role of health system pharmacists” commenced on August 1 and will end on August 5 2022.

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