Edo offers free medical services to over 2,000 residents in Esan West LGA

4 Jan 2023

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Caption: Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria (right, standing), with volunteers and beneficiaries during a medical outreach programme in Esan West Local Government Area.

…conducts eye, breast, cervical cancer screenings, others

The Edo State Government has organized a medical outreach for residents of Esan West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, offering free medical services to over 2,000 residents in various communities in the LGA.

The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, while briefing journalists after the medical outreach, said the programme is part of efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to improve the health and wellbeing of Edo people.

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The outreach was organized by the Edo State Government through the Ministry of Health, with support from the Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) in Esan West.

Prof Akoria said the beneficiaries received world-class healthcare services from over 200 volunteers and healthcare professionals in different areas of medical practice including Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ObGyn), Nursing, Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, Health Promotion/Education and Community Health, among others.

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She noted that the residents, including youths, elderly women and men and vulnerable persons, benefited from the free cervical and breast cancer screening, free eyes screening and glasses, family planning services, tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C, among others.

According to her, “We are glad with the huge success recorded at the just-concluded medical outreach organized by the government for residents of Esan West LGA.

“The outreach is part of the government’s efforts to enhance the health and wellbeing of all citizens, ensuring that quality and efficient healthcare services gets to the grassroots and underserved areas in the state.

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“We are glad with the turnout of residents as well as volunteers. While we had over 200 volunteers and other health professionals, over 2000 clients were served, with over 3,500 patient encounters as most patients had at least two clinical screening and/or treatment encounters.”

She further noted, “Free eye glasses and medicines dispensed; there was family planning (FP) services with distribution of free FP commodities; tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C as well as breast and cervical cancer screening - some cases were detected, among others.

“We are confident that this outreach aimed at further raising awareness on the need for constant medical checkups among residents will complement the government’s efforts at ensuring a resilient healthcare system for quality and efficient healthcare delivery.”