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800 benefit from free surgery

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Over 800 people have benefitted from the free surgeries programme organised by Ogun State government in the last two years.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, who made this known at a press briefing in Abeokuta, explained that the process included eye, dental, medical and general surgeries.

He revealed that  the state government, went into partnership with various non-governmental organisations, including the Rotary Club International, Indo-Eye care Foundation, and “Mercy said No,” among others, to achieve the feat.

Soyinka said with the support of Rotary Club International, the state’s first modern prosthetic limb service was inaugurated, while the technicians were trained in the assembling of materials for the manufacture of at least 500 artificial limbs.

The trainees also underwent training in fitting of the limbs.

He added that no fewer than 107 limbs had been fitted to needy patients, who were victims of one accident or the other, indicating that thousands of people have also been screened, diagnosed and treated for various ailments.

In another development, Soyinka also reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to outreaches and activities that educate members of the public on salient health issues.

Soyinka stated this in Abeokuta during the final competition of malaria intervention programme in primary schools organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, Sanofi.

Describing malaria as a disease that poses major challenge to socio-economic development, Soyinka observed that malaria was a public health issue that required urgent attention.

He added that with the inclusion of school children in the intervention process, the battle against malaria would be won easily.

He said, “Children are viable agents of change and getting them involved in health issues, especially through competitions, would help greatly in educating and enlightening members of the public on various malaria interventions.”

In her speech, the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Dr. Sade Adebanjo, said the project was meant to serve as an avenue for capacity building, with the aim of increasing awareness about malaria prevention, using interactive and experimental learning methods with children as the drivers of the process.

The General Manager of Sanofi Nigeria, Mr. Paulo Agbotonu, commended the state government for  its efforts to provide efficient health care delivery service to the people and thanked teachers and pupils for participating in the project.

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Article Credit: Punch Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

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