Ondo group canvasses proactive healthcare delivery in rural areas
Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Ondo State, Miteda Wellness Initiative, has urged government to embark on proactive measures to provide quality healthcare for the people and combat endemic outbreaks.
Executive Director of the group, Adefunmilola Williams-Daudu said this at a press conference to herald a free-medical outreach taking place today at Ikaram Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the state. She noted that government must put in place more health facilities in the rural areas so as to save people living in those places from avoidable deaths, especially women and children. She, however said government alone couldn’t cater for the health and education needs of all its citizens, appealing to the private sector to complement government’s efforts. She disclosed that the free medical initiative was borne out of the need to give back to the society during her birthday some seven years ago, adding that the area of coverage keeps on increasing annually.
According to her, the medical outreach targets 5000 beneficiaries from the four Akoko councils of the Northern Senatorial District of the state and places priority on rural dwellers who lack access to medical care and facilities; adding that equipment, as well as medical personnel that will be engaged during the programme are already on ground to screen and treat the beneficiaries of various types of illness which include breast cancer examination, diabetes, hepatitis, oral health, blood pressure, eye problems, malaria as well as other health challenges.
She stressed the screening will also be followed with the necessary treatment, revealing that the NGO has assisted in funding the education of indigent pupils in some schools.
She added that medical experts including doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, and other health workers from all parts of the world would be visiting the communities for the three days medical outreach.