Edo flags off free medical services for over 4000 residents
By Isaac Olamikan
Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, on Sunday, flagged off a free medical outreach for over 4, 000 Edo residents.
The medical outreach which would include surgeries and surgical interventions for kidney, heart, eyes and teeth, and other ailments, is being organized in partnership with the Association of Nigeria Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) The Trumpet gathered.
Obaseki, addressing a press conference to flag off the programme and said the free medical care exercise was a way to give back to Edo citizens for their support to the state government, ensuring the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki during the September 19, 2020 governorship poll.
She said, “The motivation for this medical mission is the support received from Edo people during the governorship election, supporting the governor against all odds and ensuring he got a second term in office.
No better way to say thank you than by providing free medical care for the people.
“The governor set aside millions of naira monthly to settle and offset medical bills of the indigent people in the state. The governor set up the Mercy Committee for those with serious medical needs. This medical mission will address lots of the issues from the Mercy Committee.” she explained.
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Mrs Obaseki said the list of indigent patients requiring medical care had all been captured for the free medical mission, noting that some of the services that the people will enjoy included cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology and dental surgery.
On her part, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria said 4,000 people had been screened for the medical mission, noting that 600 persons required surgical intervention while 300 are ready for surgeries.
She noted that 65 highly qualified specialists were already in the state to team up with 200 volunteers including clinical and none clinical volunteers.