UUTH to Provide Free Surgical Services for 1,000 persons in 100 Days


Okon Bassey in Uyo

The University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), through the Federal Government Rapid Result Initiative is targeting about 1000 less privilege people for free surgical programme within 100 days of commencement of the scheme in the state.

Already, at the beginning of the exercise yesterday the hospital has offered a specialized free surgical service to no fewer than 100 indigenes of Ikot Akpamba community in Nsit Ibium Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom State and its environs

The medical outreach held at the UUTH Comprehensive Health Centre at Ikot Akpamba, Nsit Ibium LGA, attracted a large turnout of elderly men, women, youths and children.

Explaining the significant of the scheme, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UUTH, Professor Etete Peter said the initiative was borne out of the need to respond to the critical needs of the people and to deliver on the mandate of promoting health with focus on access, affordability and demand.

The CMD who was represented, by the Chief Medical Advisory Council (CMAC) of the hospital, Dr. Issac Udo said the Federal Government Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) vision is to produce quick and visible impacts in the health sector.

He stressed that the initiative will altogether affect the lives of every Nigerian especially the most vulnerable and the poor in the society targeting about 1000 beneficiaries in the next 100 days.

According to him, quality health service delivery was one of the Federal government priority noting that when the health of a good percentage of the citizens was sound they can contribute their quota to the social, political and economic growth off the society

“The free surgical treatment was part of the federal government community service with a vision of making health care accessible to the people irrespective of their background” he stated

The CMD however, called on good spirited individual’s corporate organizations and stakeholders to contribute their quota towards the well-being of the society, promising to partner with relevant bodies not only to cater for the health needs but also ameliorate the suffering of people.

Remarking, the Chief Medical Superintendent of the Ikot Akpamba, UUTH Comprehensive Health Centre, Dr. Thomas Edo narrate the imperative of the free surgical outreach saying it was designed under the Rapid Result Initiatives of the Federal Government to assist the poor and under privileged in rural communities