Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has flagged off the 2012/2013 Free Rural Health Scheme with an assurance to Deltans that adequate and affordable Healthcare remains paramount to his administration.
Besides, he warned health officials and dubious members of the society against extorting money from the people as the rural health scheme was totally free, saying anyone caught sabotaging the programme would be dealt with severely.
Dr. Uduaghan who gave the assurance yesterday, at the flag-off ceremony in Illah, Oshimili North local government area of the state, said that the initiative was to provide free health care for rural dwellers in the state.
He stated that the health of the people was pertinent to maintaining a wealthy state as such his administration was committed to building a healthy state.
Governor Uduaghan explained that the state free mobile hospitals have been provided by government to enable Health workers visit the communities in the different Local Government areas and provide free treatment to the sick.
“The free mobile Hospital is one of the best in the country. It is well equipped and better than many hospitals in the country. We have provided them to enable Health personnel go to the interior areas of the state to treat sick people”.
The Governor appealed to Deltans especially those living in the rural areas to avail themselves the opportunity of utilizing the program for qualitative healthcare delivery.
He stressed that the treatment is free and advised the rural women not to pay for treatment or medication whenever they visit any of the Rural Health Centres.
“This is a free treatment programme, there is no age limit,. This Scheme includes general medical consultation, lab investigation, Basic eye examination, surgical intervention, HIV counseling, Immunization, among others and it is available for everyone living in the state”, he stated.
He charged Health workers to be committed to the Scheme and always be at their posts to attend to the people.
Governor Uduaghan advised the people to avoid going to the Health Centers to collect drugs when they are not sick and store it at home saying, “please make una no claim say una dey sick and go dey collect medicine from the Health Centers and keep for una houses only for una to drink am when una they sick later.Na bad thing be that”.
He continued: “maybe wen una go wan come use the medicine e fit be say the medicine don expire. This get side effect oh! So make una dey go hospital wen una dey sick and no self medication.”
In a brief address, The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara said the Free Rural Health Care include screening exercise for early detection and treatment of diseases, the preventive and curative care for all diagnosed medical and surgical disease conditions.
Dr. Otumara stated that the Scheme also included diagnostic laboratory services and pharmaceutical services among others adding that this services would be taken to the door steps of Deltans.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of Oshimilli North Local Government Transition Committee, Mr. Innocent Esewezie stated that the free rural health care has remarkably reduced the morbidity and mortality rate in the Local Government
He commended the governor for the initiative and said it has helped improved the Health condition of Deltans saying “I salute you Sir for the foresight and provision made so far to ensure the success of the programme.”
Esewezie assured the governor that his Local government would totally support the programme and called on his people to take advantage of the free Health Care Services.
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