DENSDOME-Professor Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, has said the federal government has begun free healthcare services to Nigerians living with certain medical conditions that require major surgeries, but are unable to seek healthcare services due to the cost, Vanguard reports.
Speaking during a media interactive session on Thursday, December 29, at the just concluded Kuchigoro Primary Healthcare Centre, Abuja, Adewole directed Nigerians who need healthcare services to visit any Federal Teaching Hospital or medical centre for free treatment.
The directive was given in line with the operations of the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) which was inaugurated earlier this year to perform not less than 10,000 free surgeries on poor Nigerians.
He said: “The only qualification you have is that you must be poor and we’ll do those surgeries that really put people in discomfort, myomectomy cleft lips, even VVF, many of these are being handled across the country in about 46 specialist centres.”
Conducting a tour round the Kuchigoro health facility, Adewole disclosed that about N550 million had been earmarked for the revitalization of the first phase of primary health care centres.
The minister added that the project was important to the federal government as it strives to tackle maternal and child mortality in the country.
Meanwhile, Professor Isaac Adewole has disclosed that there is a high risk of further spread of the recent polio outbreak to states surrounding Borno and neighbouring countries around the Lake Chad region.
According to Professor Adewole, the risk of further spread was due to population movement within and around the state.
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