The Mediatrix Development Foundation, a non-governmental agency, has offered free healthcare services to more than 40 thousand people in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
The Chief Implementing Officer of the foundation,Jeffery Adamade told reporters in Calabar that the free medical services, which was in partnership with another non-government agency, Faith Care Outreach International, spanned four years.
Adamade explained that the foundation was established by the wife of the Cross River Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade with the assistance of the United Nations.
He said “Under the health intervention, we have been in partnership with Faith Care Outreach International. In the past four years, our activities across the three senatorial district have been massive”.
“We offered people free medical services ranging from surgeries, free optical sessions, gave out free medicated glasses, dental services and we also gave free medications for other illness,” Adamade stated.
According to him, “Our records shows that we were able to reach in the past four years over forty thousand people with free medical services. This is an intervention that we hold very close to our heart; it is not something that is politically motivated. This is part of our strategic plan, which was developed in consultation with the United Nations”.
He explained that the interventions were offered on a quarterly basis alongside their strategic partner as a support to the State Government’s drive to achieve Universal Healthcare coverage.
“The State cannot actually provide healthcare services to the people. But, with the support of development partners like the Mediatrix Development Foundation, more people can have access to affordable, if not free medical services at all times. we are here to bridge the gap and have done so successfully,” Adamade explained.
He added that the interventions resulted to a noticeable rise in the number of people, who access medical services at the various primary healthcare centres in Cross River.