About 5000 persons will benefit from free medical care in Taraba state, according to the wife of the Taraba state Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku.
Barr. Anna disclosed this today while flagging off a five day free Medical Rescue Outreach organised by the Hope Afresh foundation in collaboration with the Taraba state Ministry of Health at the Mayo-gwoi, Jauro-mashi Primary Health Care Centre.
She was ecstatic that the medical Rescue Outreach had finally started and disclosed that the idea was born out of her great concern for the plight of the people.
She stated that her office had received numerous requests for medical assistance, adding that those requests were also really exorbitant ones, hence the need for this timely intervention.
Barr Anna who noticed with dismay the exorbitant rate of health care delivery in Taraba state, called on the Commissioner for Health to look into the issue for possible intervention.
She noted that the issue needed urgent attention as even the rich would find it difficult to pay the bills for current health care charges.
While disclosing that the Taraba Government had in an earlier development commenced training for traditional birth attendants in Ndola communities of Kurmi Local Government, she also disclosed a long term plan of three years training for a team of midwives. She urged those in training and other medical practitioners to stay prepared as this intervention programme will come knocking at their doors for assistance.
She called on everyone to stretch out their arms of rescue along with her so as to meet the health needs of the people.
Prayer, she however stressed is easier than treatment hence, she called on people to pray for the sick.
She carefully inspected the medical facilities provided at the centre and took a personal eye test which was rated excellent by the medical practitioner.
Earlier in his remarks, the commissioner for health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, commended the Governor’s wife for the laudable project which he said gives opportunity to the less privileged to access quality medical care.
He urged the public to take advantage of this opportunity to get quality medical attention.
In the same vein, the coordinator of the project, Dr. Dashe Dasogot in his welcome address, commended the project stating that it has brought succour to the weary.
He disclosed that the medical team will conduct free eye tests to treat all forms of eye conditions and conduct surgeries where needed.
He added that the medical team have enough skills and expertise and was confident that with treatment, the blind can be made to see.
The Medical Rescue Outreach which is to run for five days in Jalingo, will also be carried out in all other Local Government areas of the state and will conduct screening for HIV, hypertension, hepatitis and other medical conditions.
The Jalingo Youth Forum and the chairman of the community, Mr. Innocent Gagare commended the Governor’s wife for the initiative, adding that no other administration had done anything similar to this.