FG commences free surgical operations on 10,000 children

FG commences free surgical operations on 10,000 children
July 12 20:17 2016

…We must sustain polio-free status – Buhari

The Federal Ministry of Health would on Sunday
commence the provision of free surgery to 10,000 poor
and needy Nigerians who are registered with the
National Health Insurance Scheme.
There would also be free breast and cervical cancer
tests to 18,000 Nigerians and free diabetes and
hypertension tests for 500,000 Nigerians.
The Programme which is embedded under the Federal
Government health intervention programme would be
available in 46 health facilities across the country.

In a similar development, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministries of Health, and Information and Culture, to reinvigorate its strategies in concert with State governments, to ensure that Nigeria is finally certified polio free by 2017.

Receiving the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, at the State House , Abuja on Tuesday, President Buhari said international partnerships were also needed to sustain Nigeria’s polio-free status.

‘‘We have not recorded any case of polio in the last two years but we should not be complacent.

‘‘The breakdown of law and order in the North East has posed challenges to regular immunization.

‘‘The situation and the condition of children in Internally Displaced Persons camps around the country is very pathetic.

‘‘But I know that the Federal and State governments in partnership with international organizations and NGOs are doing so much to provide healthcare, rebuild infrastructure and facilitate voluntary return of displaced persons to their communities,’’ he said.

The President told the visiting WHO envoy, who was accompanied by Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Minister of State, Dr Osagie Ehanire, that his administration would continue to accord priority to healthcare through regular funding of public health related programmes.

In her remarks, Dr Moeti commended the Federal Government’s health programme and pledged continued support of the organization on health development in Nigeria