Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has identified poor infrastructure and facilities as major challenges in health care delivery in the country.
The Governor who made this assertion yesterday when members of the Igbomina Mobile Health Clinic Project implementation committee paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Ilorin, called on local communities to partner the state in strengthening healthcare delivery through affordable but qualitative primary healthcare services.
According to the governor, “Health sector requires serious attention, especially in Nigeria as the country has not scaled minimum threshold that will allow for its development, but with the support initiatives of communities much could be achieved”.
Governor Ahmed commended the Igbomina people in diaspora for driving the mobile clinic project through the provision of drugs and other facilities, adding that government alone in the country cannot provide healthcare to the people.
The governor urged other communities in the State to emulate the Igbomina’s health support initiative, stressing that such intervention could be in other sectors like education, empowerment and social welfare.
The Chairman, Igbomina Mobile Health Clinic Project, Mr Emmanuel Adewuyi, in his remarks, said the scheme was designed to cover 254 communities in Ifelodun, Irepodun and Isin local government areas of the State.
Mr Adewuyi said the project with 22 highly competent medical personnel has attended to 550 patients from three communities since it began operation in July this year.
According to the Chairman, there was prevalence of diseases like hypertension, diabetics, malarias and arthritis in the rural communities “out of 10 patients, our medical team reported that not less than 7 of our rural people are prone to hypertension, which, sadly, was unknown to them”.
Mr Adewuyi commended the state government for its financial and medical support to the project at take off.