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Bassa, Kogi State receives free medical care

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By Mercy Kelani

The outreach was done to support the APC gubernatorial candidate.

A medical outreach program has been organized in Kogi State, the north-central part of Nigeria, by a Non-Governmental Organization, U&I Health Initiative, for the deprived people in Bassa local government. Free medical drugs and examinations were conducted for almost five hundred people during the course of the outreach, which was worth millions of naira, and was majorly for the inhabitants of Bassa local government area of Kogi state. U&I Health Initiative organized this free medical examination drive to treat ailments of the underprivileged.

Mr. Suleiman Abubakar, the executive director of the civil society organization, stated that the free medical outreach was one of the free healthcare provisions to all deprived communities. This programme was provided by a voluntary health organization which aims to ease the workload of primary health care on the state government. He said that U&I is dedicated to the provision of free medical treatments and examination on poor rural residents to ensure that deprived communities access healthy environmental benefits.

It was conducted in three health facilities in the LGA.

Suleiman stated that treatment of indigent citizens through medical examination and free regular health education are the benefits of the outreach to all disadvantaged communities to enhance healthcare in the area. He added that the medical outreach had been undertaken by the health organisation in three health facilities. In addition, ten medical consultants and specialists of the U&I medical team from the National Hospital in Abuja were the practitioners at the outreach who examined people with different health issues.

Furthermore, Abubakar said that the organization of the programme was in support of the APC Governorship candidate’s campaign programme in the state, Ahmed Usman Ododo, in the Governorship election. According to Abubakar, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo showed interest in the provision of free medication and medical facilities, especially in underdeveloped communities in the state. He added that the NGO supported Ododo’s provision of medical care to encourage adoption of his philanthropic policy. If elected as governor of Kogi State on November 11, 2023, his policy is to shape and promote healthcare in the state.

Gov. Yahaya Bello released funds to construct Oguma-Sheria bridge.

U&I Health Initiative said that it is ready to provide support for the candidacy of Ododo through the provision of youth and women empowerment, sports, Agricultural services, and Educational materials in rural areas. Due to the rate of medical disadvantages in Bassa LGA and as the most rural community in the state, it was picked for the medical outreach for Alhassan Salisu Adakeke, the special adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello, who spoke on Primary health care services, stated that Usman Ododo is apparently committed to rendering services to the communities in the state.

According to Adakeke, provision of medical equipment and Health facilities to the 239 political wards in rural areas across the state was done by the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, which is in alignment with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). Also, the release of funds for the construction of Oguma-Sheria bridge has been endorsed by Governor Bello. According to the special adviser, construction of the bridge has commenced with accurate speed. He added that this development will further boost the support of the people for APC and Usman Ododo, its gubernatorial candidate.

Aguma of Bassa-komo declared his endorsement of Usman Ododo.

Chairman of Bassa local government area, Mutari Shaibu, said that the project is a good one in the local government because it is regarded as a good development initiative of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, and the APC candidate, Alh. Usman Ododo. Mr. Williams Keke, the chairman of Bassa area traditional council and the Aguma of Bassa-komo declared his endorsement of Usman Ododo, who is the aspirant of APC. He added that speedy return of displaced people and a sustained peace impedes the development of the rural area.

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