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Kwara Partners MTN On Mobile Clinic For Citizens

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L-R: Permanent Secretary Kwara State Ministry of Health Dr Abubakar Ayinla; Executive Secretary MTN Foundation Mrs. Odunayo Sanya; Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Commissioner for Health Dr Raji Rasaki; Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Prof. Adekunle Dunmade; and Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Development Dr. Nusirat Elelu; during the flag-off of MTN mobile health clinic on primary health care intervention programme, in Ilorin, on Tuesday.
By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday reassured Kwarans of his administration’s focus on using available resources and workable partnerships to bring quality and affordable health care services to their doorsteps.
The governor said this in Ilorin while flagging off the MTN Y’ello Doctor Primary Health Care Intervention, organized by the MTN Foundation, in collaboration with the state government
Represented by the Secretary to the state government (SSG), Prof. Mamman Saba Jibril, AbdulRazaq noted that the collaboration will further strengthen these multifaceted approaches the state government is undertaking to meet the health needs of over 3.6 million citizens under his watch.
He commended the MTN Foundation for partnering with Nigerian states including Kwara in ensuring that the citizens are healthy, adding that the task of providing effective medical coverage to various communities is a mutual one.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, in his remarks, said the present administration is hugely committing efforts and resources to make quality health care services accessible to Kwarans.
He added that the government had, in recent past, renovated not less than 40 healthcare centres, recruited more than 600 medical personnel and paid all counterpart funds that enabled the state keying in all the federal government projects of different kinds.
He commended MTN for complementing the government’s efforts on health services and for choosing Kwara as one the six states to benefit from the intervention, urging all and sundry to make themselves available for the medical outreach.
Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Mrs. Odunayo Sanya, for her part, said the Foundation was established 15 years ago to respond to the health needs of Nigerians, who, she said gave the firm the social license to operate in the country.
She said the Foundation earmarked at least 1 percent of its yearly profit to help empower youth and seek to improve public health, saying good healthcare service for citizens is one of their priorities.
“The MTN foundation was set up in 2006. And what we do is that MTN set aside up to one per cent of its profit after-tax every year to intervene in areas of youth development and national priorities that comprise health, economic empowerment and community development portfolios. Here today, we have six of the trucks, this is the phase three; For us at MTN we believe it is important to make every Nigerian has access to healthcare services.
“We recognize again that healthcare service is not just about health. It is also an economic issue. So, we invested in these trucks to go into the underserved areas in Kwara and five other states of Anambra, Gombe, Kano, Rivers and Lagos, to enable people enjoy the benefit of modern life by elevating their health standard,” she said.
She commended Governor AbdulRazaq for the hospitality and for doing so much to allow citizens live a modern healthy life.
Among the services to be made available to people are medical consultation, vital checks, rapid diagnostic tests, dispensation of medications, counseling and referral services.
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