Kwara State government has begun a state-wide free surgical intervention for members of the public on Tuesday, October 20.
The intervention, which is intended to correct medical situations amenable to surgical operations, was flagged off by the State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at Afon General Hospital, Asa.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor AbdulRazaq reassured members of the community of his commitment to the health care of all and sundry through implementation of life saving interventions, infrastructural rehabilitation, recruitment and sustenance of a highly committed health work force for the state.
He further stated that apart from the ongoing surgical intervention, the state will soon commence the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets which shall be distributed from house to house across the 16 local government areas of the state.
In his own remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Razaq Raji highlighted the various categories of surgical interventions in the exercise to include removal of lumps, abnormal growths, groin swellings and eye surgery for visual restoration for both sexes and across all age brackets.
He also explained that over 1,000 residents are expected to benefit from both the surgical intervention and glasses which has also been planned to be undertaken within the communities.
Present at the event are: the Daudu of Afon, Mallam Hanafi Kola Olayinka Balogun; Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Health, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla; Director General, Hospital Management Board, Mr. Saad Aluko; Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Nusirat Elelu.
Others are State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Baba Issa; Directors from the State Ministry of Health; and top management staff of the Asa LGA.