FG: Poor Nigerians Offered 4,349 Surgeries, 17,793 Screenings for Free

  • Over 200,000 nutrition interventions delivered 
Senator Iroegbu and Kuni Tyessi in Abuja 
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. 
Adewole in a statement yesterday by the Ministry’s  Head of Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola, said he set a target to deliver 10,150 free surgeries and screenings to help alleviate the sufferings of the poorest Nigerians who cannot afford to pay. 
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. 
He said: “Government must pay for those who cannot afford healthcare.
“The programme is a promise kept by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which has a pro-poor universal health coverage agenda.”
Adewole  said that the programme tagged “Better Health for All” is still on going and will be scaled up in the year, 2017. 
He recalled that in July, 2016 the ministry  launched the Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) Programme  to carry out surgeries and screening to indigent Nigerians across the Country.
“The 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 Demand” 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, Revitalization of PHCs, Mutual Health Assurance, Treatment of 200,000 Severely Acutely Malnourished children and operationalizing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. 
He said that the programme sought to deliver 10,150 surgeries to the indigent Nigerians among which are Herniorrhaphy 4,240, Cataract Extraction  2,300 Cleft Lip & Palate Repair  450, Club Foot Repair100,Keloid Cryotherapy  80, VVF Repair  300, Myomectomy /Hysterectomy   840, hydrocoelectomy  840 and  Correction of refractive errors + glasses 1000. 
He also noted that the health screenings cover 22,000 cancer screening: 10,000 cervical, 10,000 breast  and  2,000 prostate, 42,000 Diabetes Mellitus screening; 42,000 Hepatitis B Virus Screening as well as  60,000 Mass De-worming.