Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday flagged off the seventh free statewide medical and surgical outreach as part of the means to improve the wellbeing of Kwarans.
AbdulRazaq at the flag off which held at Primary Health Centre Igbo-Oro in Offa, also one of the facilities his administration recently rehabilitated said that the investment in the health sector is premised on its pivotal position in the overall wellbeing of any society.
Represented by the Deputy Governor Mr Kayode Alabi, Governor AbdulRazaq said the community outreach plan is to complement
national and sub-national programmes and interventions aimed at attaining universal health coverage.
He noted that 3200 indigents are expected to benefit from various interventions also that the administration is addressing infrastructural decay through rehabilitation of primary and secondary health facilities as the state is preparing the Ilorin General Hospital, which is the premier hospital for the state, to become the Medical College of the Kwara State University.
AbdulRazaq promised It will be known nationwide as a centre of excellence for provision of services, training and research that are supported with cutting edge technology.
AbdulRazaq commended the health team and the coordinating role of the state Ministry of health towards ensuring that all the interventions reach the people wherever they live.
For his part, the Commissioner for Health Dr Raji Rasaq disclosed that no fewer than 2,000 people had general surgeries and well over 550 people benefitted from eye surgeries had enjoyed the free gesture of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led administration since 29th May, 2019.
Raji stated that this particular exercise is specially designed to impact on the indigent members of the community who cannot afford the cost of surgical services for conditions like hernia, lipimas, hydrocele/scrotal swelling, breast lump, cataract and even eye glasses.
Rasaq added that the exercise which would be held on weekly basis at designated locations shall move from one LGA to the other till the whole state is covered.
The Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II commended the state government for the choice of Offa for the flag off of the surgical intervention.
Oba Esuwoye called on sons and daughters of the community with related health issues to take advantage of the exercise and give maximum support to the medical team for the success of the free surgical intervention.64