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Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha, on Thursday urged government at state and local government levels as well as other stakeholders to provide basic and effective health care services to all Nigerians.
Mrs. Buhari made the call in Abeokuta during the flag-off, free eye and health screening programme under her Future Assured Initiative, in partnership with a non-governmental organisation, Cry for Help Organisation.
Hajia Buhari who was represented by Dr Abdulrahaman Kamal, said the pet project was about Nigerians having good eyesight, arguing that loss of sight or blindness could affect a person’s quality of life, in terms of education, work, family life, child care and social integration
She said: “This exercise is not about how many people are in need of this service, but it is about how many people will benefit from this exercise and know that this is reminder on the importance of regular medical checkups.
“Let me also urge the people of Ogun state to take advantage of this exercise as the beginning of an attempt to improve their health and health seeking behaviour.
“I will like to appeal to relevant stakeholders to ensure availability and accessibility to basic and effective health care services to all.”
She added that the programme was part of efforts towards complementing government’s intention in providing improved health care services to the citizens of the country.
She expressed hope that the initiative would contribute to the realisation of the World Health Organisation’s Vision 2020 global initiative, which aims at eliminating major causes of all preventable and treatable blindness.
The state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in his address, said his administration placed premium on health care delivery to the people of the state, and it had attracted huge budgetary allocation next to education.
He said he would continue with the free healthcare system for pregnant women and children from ages 0 to 5years and the aged who are 70 years and above.
He, however, said there was no way healthcare could be completely free but various initiatives were being used to assist the people.
Amosun urged well-meaning individuals to support the health screening initiative of Mrs Buhari, while assuring her of the support of the state.