By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti
The curtain dropped at the weekend on the eight edition of the Free Health Mission with the provision of free medical services to residents of Ekiti South-West I and II State Constituencies in Ekiti State.
Thirteen constituencies in Moba, Ekiti East, Ikere, Ilejemeje, Ise/Orun, Ijero, Ado and Ekiti South-West benefitted in the eight edition of the free health scheme sponsored by the state government through its Health Ministry in collaboration with the state House of Assembly.
During the weeklong programme, patients were provided with free services in immunization; HIV/AIDS counseling; ophthalmology, dental care service; reproductive health, general out-patient; emergency/ambulance services; and pharmacy.
The Deputy Governor, who was at the Ijero and Ado Constituencies on solidarity visit to health personnel, encouraged residents to take advantage free qualitative healthcare services being provided through the scheme for all Ekiti residents, irrespective of political preference.
She said that the Governor Kayode Fayemi administration will not relent in the pursuance of its Roadmap to Ekiti Recovery as enshrined in the Eight-Point Agenda.
According to her, the agenda was designed as the vehicle for the distribution of the dividends of democracy to all the people without discrimination.
Mrs. Adelabu explained that the 8th Free Health Mission was accorded special priority because it is being implemented as the continuation of constituency projects by the state lawmakers to enable them assess and attend to the health needs of the electorate at the grassroots.
Listing health services provided by the mission to include medical out-patient services, dental, care, eye care services, simple emergency services and provision of essential drugs, she urged mothers who were delivered of their babies outside the public health facilities could to approach government facilities to obtain birth certificates for their children at no cost.
She listed the on-going renovation of all primary and secondary health facilities, the recent inauguration of the Diagnostic and Wellness Centre at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), named after the former Deputy Governor, the late Mrs. Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka, and the provision of ultra-modern facilities at the teaching university as some steps being taking by the state government to improve quality healthcare delivery in the state.
The Deputy Governor described the medical mission as a primary healthcare intervention aimed at providing free medical diagnostic and treatment services at the grassroots level, pointing out that ambulances were on-standby to convey patients requiring serious medical attention to referral health institutions including EKSUTH.
She said the mission included public health enlightenment designed to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
Besides, she said such campaigns would reduce the incidence of lifestyle diseases including hypertension, diabetes and HIV/AIDS among others.
Mrs Adelabu said the medical mission was in line with Agenda Five, which stipulate free medical services for children, pregnant women, the physically challenged and the elderly.