Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki has on Friday announced a free Medical Mission in partnership with the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), to carry out diverse medical treatments including surgeries for Edo residents over a period of two weeks.
The Edo State Commissioner for Health Prof. Obehi Akoria disclosed this when she accompanied wife of Edo state governor, Mrs. Obaseki on an inspection tour of the Primary Health Centres in Edo South Senatorial District designated for the exercise.
The medical mission is billed to hold from April 23 to May 5, 2022.
According to the Edo Health Commissioner, “for the first time in the 40-year history of ANPA, they are working with us through the Primary Health Care Gateway, and so Her Excellency is visiting the Primary Health Centres that will be used to provide free Healthcare for citizens under the auspices of the ‘ANPA Edo State Project.’
She said, “They are coming with a team of specialists that include Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Cardiologist, Endocrinologists, Nephrologists, Pharmacists and Paediatricians including Neonatologists.
“They are going to also do what we call, Telemedicine. What they will establish going forward is to follow up with patients remotely. So from their various centres in the United States each of them is volunteering to work with us once a week to review these patients and see how we can extend the care to others in the State.
Commenting on the ongoing plans for the Primary Health Centres in the State, Akoria noted, “I was here at the Oredo Primary Health Centre at about 8:15 this morning and there were already patients waiting. The doctors we have here have more than 20 years, post graduation and we have posted senior doctors across many PHCs in the State. We are seeing very senior nurses here in addition to community health workers.
She added that the Governor has decided that Primary Health Centres will be like first class out-patient clinics in a big general hospital, so that rather than everybody moving to the centre and queuing up endlessly for care, they can get care as close as possible to where they live and work. “So what we are trying to do right now is to make our PHCs good enough for me, my children, grand children and all Edo people.”