- Over 200,000 nutrition interventions deliveredÂ
Senator Iroegbu and Kuni Tyessi in AbujaÂ
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal Government has conducted a total number of 4,349 surgeries and 17, 793 health screenings to the poor Nigerians across the country.Â
Adewole in a statement yesterday by the Ministry’s Â Head of Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola, said he set a target to deliver 10,150 free surgeries and screeningsÂ to help alleviate the sufferings of the poorest Nigerians who cannot afford to pay.Â
He said that in addition to this, the ministry also carried out over 200,000 nutritional interventions to Nigerians suffering from malnutrition in the north east.
According to him, the intervention has since scaled to become a full fledged project, the Health Sector Nutrition and Emergency Response delivering a set of comprehensive health interventions and emergency services in the troubled region.Â
He said: â€œGovernment must pay for those who cannot afford healthcare.
“The programme is a promise kept by President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s administration, which has a pro-poor universal health coverage agenda.”
Adewole Â said that the programme tagged â€œBetter Health for Allâ€ is still on going and will be scaled up in the year, 2017.Â
He recalled that in July, 2016 the ministry Â launched the Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) ProgrammeÂ Â to carry out surgeries and screening to indigent Nigerians across the Country.
â€œThe programme was borne out of plan to respond to the critical needs of the people and deliver on the mandate of promoting health with focus on Access, Affordability and Demandâ€ he said.
Adewole said that the Programme encapsulates a set of initiatives develop as a strategy to actualize the vision of the present administration to produce quick and visible impacts that will affect the lives of every Nigerian especially the most vulnerable and the poor in our society.
The minister listed thr six components of the programme to include: Surgical interventions, Screening of Nigerians for major Diseases,Â Revitalization of PHCs, Mutual Health Assurance, Treatment of 200,000 Severely Acutely Malnourished children andÂ operationalizing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.Â
He said that the programme sought to deliver 10,150 surgeries to the indigent Nigerians among which areÂ Herniorrhaphy 4,240, Cataract ExtractionÂ Â 2,300 Cleft Lip & Palate RepairÂ Â 450, Club Foot Repair100,Keloid CryotherapyÂ Â 80, VVF RepairÂ Â 300, Myomectomy /HysterectomyÂ Â Â 840, hydrocoelectomyÂ Â 840 andÂ Â Correction of refractive errors + glasses 1000.Â
He also noted that the health screenings cover 22,000 cancer screening: 10,000 cervical, 10,000 breastÂ Â andÂ Â 2,000 prostate, 42,000 Diabetes Mellitus screening; 42,000 Hepatitis B Virus Screening as well asÂ Â 60,000 Mass De-worming.