Federal Government has pledged to support any individual or group that is working towards improving community healthcare system in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole made this declaration on Thursday 9th May, 2019 while speaking at the official flag-off ceremony of free medical outreach organized by the Sarkin Shanun Jere Family in Jere Town, Kaduna State.
Sarkin Shanu and his four daughters (three pharmacists and one Medical doctor) decided to give back to the community what they have learnt at the medical field. They collaborated with their professional colleagues from Jere, Kaduna, Zaria, Kano and Abuja to offer free services to the community.
Speaking during the flag–off of the two-day programme, the Minister of Health said that the Federal Ministry of Health remained very supportive to such institutions that commit their resources and man power for the benefit of its community.
The Minister said “what we are doing here today is very important because health is the most important commodity that we need to have. Whatsoever you want to do, you can only do it if you are healthy”
“Sarkin Shanaun Jere, you are giving health to our people so that they can be productive in all the socio- economic activities in the country, everything depends on good health, health is the most important need of every human being” the minister said.
“The Federal Ministry of Health would partner with you, not only on this one but for the subsequent medical outreaches you are going to undertake in the nearest future” Adewole pledged.
The Minister commended the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mal. Nasir El-rufai for giving health priority in his administration.
Earlier, the convener of the event, Sarkin Shanun Jere who is also the Chairman Board, Federal Medical Center Bida, Alh Ishaq Usman said that the free outreach was designed to cater for the people of Jere and its environs with focus on diagnosis and treatment of common diseases such as malaria Pneumonia, hypertension, diabetes and some minor surgeries.
He said “Through this free outreach, we aimed at exposing citizens of Jere to free healthcare services and qualitative diagnosis and treatment from highly experienced professionals in different fields”.
He said the two-day outreach was estimated to cost N7,8 Million, and it would look after 2500 patients. He added that staff of Federal Medical Centre Bida were playing key roles in implementing the programme.
He appreciated the support of Kaduna State Governor Mal. Nasir Elrufai and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency that assisted with medicines and consumables. He called on the Executive Governor to upgrade the status of the Primary Healthcare Centre in Jere to General Hospital.
He also requested His Excellency the Executive Governor Mal. Nasiru Elrufai to kindly direct posting of more medical personnels to Jere Primary Healthcare Center. He said because of the strategic location of Jere as midway town between Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna, there was high influx of patients to the Primary Healthcare Centre.