About 100 free surgeries have been successfully carried out in Nasarawa State.
This is in line with the federal government’s Rapid Response programme which aims to reach 10,000 citizens who cannot afford medical bills.
The programme, which was introduced in July by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, is part of the Federal Government plans to give healthcare services to the people.
According to a Channels Television news report, “100 free surgeries were allocated to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and they have been conducted successfully”.
In addition to the surgeries, free testing and screening were conducted on over 400 poor citizens.
The Chief Medical Director of Keffi Medical Centre, Joshua Giyan, who supervised the surgeries himself with the help of some consultants of the clinic applauded, the Federal Government for the initiative.
Mr. Giyan called on the people of the state especially well-to-do individuals to join hands to help underprivileged people in the state.
He promised to sustain the initiative even after the stipulated time.
“It is a step in the right direction, we are going to continue even after this. I urge all and sundry to put hands on deck and support this type of venture so that indigents will have succour in the area of health care,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Edache, who had lumps in her breast removed successfully, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian president for such initiative.
“I thank God for making it possible for me to be alive today. I was admitted here for an operation (breast lump), I thank the President for remembering us,” she said.
Surgeries conducted include lumpectomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy, hydrocelectomy, cataract extraction, myomectomy, correction of refractive errors.
Screening for hepatitis, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer were also conducted. Those found positive were counselled adequately on the next line of action.
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