Over 20,000 patients suffering from various ailments across the 276 council wards of Benue State have received free medical treatment from Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, ESLF a pet project of the wife of Benue State governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom.
Flagging off the exercise at Kpeambila inTarka and Nyihemba in Kwande local governments respectively, Dr Ortom said the desire to carryout the medical outreach at designated Primary Healthcare Centers was to bring healthcare services to the door step of citizens for easy access.
Dr Ortom who was represented by the Board member of the foundation Salamatu Orga, averred that the aim behind the program was to avail people in the rural areas access to free healthcare services which before now many people were being deprived of, following the recent economic hardship and the incessant attacks on the rural communities where most of the health centers are affected.
She disclosed that the ten days free medical outreach was the third phase in the series of such carried out by the EFSL in the first and second phases where over 9000 persons across the state with various ailments were treated.
‘’We discovered after an assessment of our previous free medical programmes that many people were not able to get treatment at the designated centres owing to lack of transport fares and so we have decided to take it to every council and ward so that more people will have access and benefit’’.
She charged the people to avail themselves with the opportunity so that they can be treated, noting that as a predominantly farming population, it was important for them to be healthy so they could better carry out agricultural practices for enhanced standards of living.
On her part, executive chairman, Tarka local government area, Hon. Anthony Sende expressed gratitude that the programme was recording a huge success.
He stated that with the prevailing economic downturn coupled with security challenges been faced by the people with many now fleeing their homes for fear of herdsmen attacks, the programme would not have come at a better time than this.
Represented by his wife Sewuese Sende, the council boss outlined the achievements of the Ortom- led administration in the area of health some of which he enumerated as; the full accreditation of the Collage of Health Sciences at the Benue State University, the renovation and upgrading of the School of Nursing and Midwifery all in Makurdi as well as the College of Health Technology, Agasha amongst others, pointing out that this showed the importance the administration attaches to the health of the people.
He appreciated the wife of the governor for her lofty ideas of ensuring sound health for the people, stating that the people of the local government were faced with numerous health challenges expressing joy that the foundation had greatly reduced a huge responsibility on the council’s shoulders by giving its people free medical care.
Hon Sende appealed to the governor to renovate and equip the dilapidated health centre in Uchi, Tarka local government, stating that doing so was going to add value to the people as well as the developmental strides of his administration in the area of health care.