The Edo State First Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, on Sunday, began a free medical outreach for over 4,000 Edo residents.
This was contained in a statement by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s media aide, Crusoe Osagie, titled, ‘Edo flags off free medical services for over 4000 residents’.
As gathered, the medical outreach which will include surgeries and surgical interventions for kidney, heart, eyes, teeth, and other ailments, is being organized in partnership with the Association of Nigeria Physicians in the Americas (ANPA).
While addressing a press conference to flag off the programme, Mrs Obaseki said the free medical care exercise is 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 gets 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 the 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”.
The Governor’s wife said the list of deprived patients requiring medical care has all been captured for the free medical mission, while also adding that some of the services that the people will enjoy include cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dental surgery, among others.
Also speaking was the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria who said 4,000 people have been screened for the medical mission, noting that 600 persons require surgical intervention while 300 are ready for surgeries.
She noted that 65 highly qualified specialists are already in the state to work with 200 volunteers including clinical and none clinical volunteers.
Akoria added that 23 different theatres will host the surgical needs of patients during the medical mission; as specialists from various fields in medicine are on the ground to attend to cases.
President of the Association of Nigeria Physicians in the Americas (ANPA)Dr. Christopher Okunseri commended Betsy Obaseki for the initiative, expressing the readiness of his association to deliver quality healthcare services to the Edo people.
He said, “Our collaboration is to build capacity and also skill transfer. For the first time in our over 27 years of existence, we will be embarking on telemedicine which was brought about as COVID-19 ravaged the world”