By Richard Thomas Ibadan
Residents across Oyo State will soom begin to enjoy free health care as the state government, on Tuesday, announced the approval of N54 million to commence a free health mission.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, stated this alongside his Information, Culture and Tourism counterpart, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, while briefing journalists on the outcome of the state executive council meeting over the issue.
According to Dr Bello, the free health mission to be hosted in the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas, will cover all categories of ailments, noncommunicable diseases and surgeries.
Though he did not give the definite date of commencement, he said the event will begin soon in line with health being one of the pillars of the Makinde administration.
He said that the state government had commented the buy-in of various medical personnel and consultants to offer their services such that most of the N54 million approved sum will be allocated to the purchase of drugs and medical facilities for the mission.
Asked whether the Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme (OYSHIA) won’t be affected, Bello said that the mission would even afford the state opportunity to further sensitise residents on embracing the insurance scheme.
At exhaustion of the N54 million, Bello said the state government will do a review to determine if more funds should be allocated for the mission.
“A considerable sum of over N54 million has been approved for the free health services to be conducted throughout the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas of Oyo State.
“It will cover all categories of medications, necessary equipment to be used and all facilities for the personnel including the provision of items that are of the essence in the different locations.
“Provisions have been made to cover not just surgical cases but cases warranting surgical treatment for which our people either due to inability to afford out of pocket expenses just stay at home or due to misinformation or not being aware. His Excellency approved that all living souls should be touched,” Bello said.