By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Thursday hinted that 400,000 residents of the state are to benefit from the next quarter of the Omituntun Free Health Mission, holding between May and June, this year.
The State Coordinator, Omituntun Free Health Mission project, Dr. Wale Falana dropped this hint while speaking at his office in the Ministry of Health, Agodi, Ibadan.
According to Dr Falana, the last time the Mission held its free health project which covered medical challenges like cataract removal, caesarian section, HIV Aids test and treatment, dental care as other communicable and non-communicable diseases, over 200,000 people benefitted from it across the state.
He stressed that the eye care section of the mission got a boost when Governor Seyi Makinde approved the procurement of eye surgery machines, which made the surgical removal of cataract and other sight diseases possible, while free eyeglasses were distributed to the people, which he said would last would last a period of three months before the next quarter will commence.
“The next Omituntun Free Health Mission project will hold between the months of May and June this year, as we await the approval of the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for the next quarter and we project to cover more than 400,000 beneficiaries in all the areas of health challenges that people may have, especially among those who cannot afford the cost of medical care”, he said.
Dr Falana added, ” the one we did last was so successful that we covered over 200,000 beneficiaries within the period of operation and those who benefited might even come again to test and build more on their medical wellbeing when we start the next one.”
Appreciating the State Ophthalmologists and personnel of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital for their support so far, Dr Falana called on the people to take advantage of the health mission project to know their states of health and get better and free treatment from the programme.
The Omituntun Free Health Mission team, which comprised of medical practitioners from the State Health agencies and supporting organizations and Non-governmental Organizations toured all the parts of the State from Ibadan to Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun, Ogbomoso and Oyo township.