Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved about N54m for a free medical health outreach for the state.
The mission which is to cover the 33 local governments and 35 local council development areas in the State, according to the government, is to attract people in the State who are suffering from various health challenges and have no means of treatment.
The medical outreach was one of the decisions reached at the first Oyo State Executive Council Meeting which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
The meeting, attended by top government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan; the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka and State commissioners, was chaired and presided over by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, accompanied by his counterpart at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun and the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said the free health mission would cover diverse ailments, sicknesses and diseases.
He added that the mission would be executed in collaboration with the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, all the local governments in the State, as well as officials from the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
Bello enjoined the people of the State to take advantage of the free health mission of the government to get free medical services from trained and experienced medical practitioners, as they move from one council area to another within the State.
He however added that the free medical mission would help discover more serious health challenges among the people while also linking them to medical facilities for follow ups after the mission must have ended.
Corroborating Dr Bello’s remarks, Dr Olatunbosun said the most important thing to Governor Makinde in the free medical health mission is to woo those with various health challenges who cannot approach the hospital to access treatment.
He assured that the government would soon make public the modalities to be adopted to execute the free medical mission as soon as all the logistics are sorted out.