. . . Medicare to Cover More Vulnerable Persons
By Chioma Ndife
In a bid to complement the success recorded in the health sector and address the advanced medical condition of more vulnerable persons, the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency at the Federal House, Hon. Chris Azubogu has kicked-off the third edition of his Medical Outreach.
The third edition of the outreach, flagged off on Saturday, 12th December, was organized by Hon. Azubogu in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health to offer more assistance to the most vulnerable persons in Anambra Communities.
Addressing Journalists at the media briefing to herald the 3rd edition of the medical outreach held at Beverly Hills Hotel, Ozubulu, Hon. Azubogu disclosed that the series of medical outreach were part of his annual zonal intervention which his office had considered very vital for the constituents.
He maintained that the huge success and impact which the first edition of the medical outreach organized in 2017 generated within communities encouraged him to apply to the Federal Ministry for urgent assistance and support in organizing more in order to reach out to more persons. He said the request was granted in 2018 and the 2nd edition was held in Nnewi, Ozubulu and Ukpor from 7 to 16 January, 2019.
He revealed that the 3rd edition of the medical outreach which holds simultaneously at Nnewi Diocesan Hospital, Akwudo, Nnewi, Joint Hospital Ozubulu, St. Mary’s Mother of All Catholic Church Hall, Ukpor and Amichi Diocesan Hospital, Amichi, commenced on Thursday, 12th and would end on Wednesday 18th December.
According to the House member, about 50 personnel, including specialist doctors, nurses, surgeons, pharmacists and medical technologists to carry out the outreach, would be in Anambra State for seven days performing surgical operations, including eye, dental, orthopedic, pediatric and general surgeries; including providing drugs, consultations, medical examinations and diagnostics, as well as counselling and health education.
He explained that the outreach was an intervention towards assisting the most vulnerable of the vulnerable families, especially those without the resources, to bear the high burden of out-of-pocket payment for hospital bills and medical expenses. He noted that the outreach was not segmented along ‘poor care for the poor’ or ‘rich care for the rich’, saying that everyone had a fundamental and inalienable right to the highest attainable standard of medical facilities and treatment.
He recalled that over 7,750 patients within and outside his Federal Constituency benefited from the outreach during the 1st and 2nd edition and expressed optimism that more persons with various health conditions would benefit from the 3rd edition of the programme. He beckoned on his constituents and others with health challenges to participate in the programme, noting that the medical outreach would reach out to all persons who wished to benefit from it.
Drawing from data made available by UNICEF, he regretted that thousands of people still suffered from all sorts of ailment and afflictions due to inadequate access to quality medical facilities.
He noted that beyond the medical outreach programme, his foundation had been providing financial assistance to students, supporting SMEs, providing skills acquisition training and youth engagement initiatives. He assured that his foundation would continue to deliver medical interventions aimed at alleviating community health needs through comprehensive, promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care, to profiled and identified underprivileged sick individuals and families.