The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in conjunction with 11 Local Government agencies in Oyo State will begin free screening and surgeries for non-communicable diseases in continuation of the 10,000 free medical outreach of the Federal Ministry of Health.
According to the Chief Medical Director, UCH, Prof Temitope Alonge, the programme tagged” Rapid Result Initiative” by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health had decided to reach out to the downtrodden in the society who cannot afford good healthcare services.He said: “It should be noted that in the country today, we have high rate of death as a result of non-communicable diseases. Diseases such as headache, accident, arthritis, hypertension, diabetic, Osteoporosis, Leukaemia, among others.”
The screening exercise will begin on January 17 in 11 local council areas in Ibadan. On January 17( Akinyele local government) , January 18 (IbadanNorth West), January 19 (Ona-Ara) , January 24 (Lagelu), January 25 (Ido), Janaury 26 (Oluyole), January 31 (Ibadan North East), Febuary 1 (Egbeda), February 2 (Ibadan South East), February 7 (Ibadan South West) and February 8 (Ibadan North).
“We have been allocated to conduct surgeries for545 patients, and also free screenings and medications will be giving to patients, and any patients with a critical case will be giving a referral letter to UCH for further treatment.”He also disclosed that as part of their corporate social responsibility to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the hospital, they will be extendingthe programme to over 3,000 patients.
Alonge also stated that free surgeries will be conducted for patients with Cleft Lip, Cataract, Inguino-Scrotal Hernia, Infantile Hydrocele and VVF correction.He said the hospital has purchased new equipment for the programme, adding that they will be deploring resident doctors and consultants to the centres.”Annually, we spend N25 million to N30 million for indigents patients whether known or unknown and that is why we are still calling on well meaning Nigerians to donate to the hospital to assist indigent patients,” he said.