Groups, Kwara Govt offer free surgeries to over 200 patients



The Sakinah Medical Outreach and Kwara State Association of Nigeria, North America (KSANG) in collaboration with the State government on Tuesday commenced free surgical interventions for over 200 patients in Kwara.

Speaking at the flag-off of the Surgery in Ilorin, Dr AbdulRasheed Nasir, the Team Lead of the Surgical Intervention, Dr AbdulRasheed Nasir, said that over 100 patients would benefit from eye surgeries at the Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin.

According to him, additional beneficiaries numbering over 100 are also expected to receive free surgeries at eight different General Hospitals across some Local Government Areas in the state.

Abuja365 reports that some of the General hospitals are located in Offa, Omu-Aran, Kaiama, Okuta, Ilesa-Baruba, Patigi, Oke-Ode and Ilorin General Hospital.

He explained that the free medical outreach was borne out of the need to intervene and take care of the health needs of the indigents in the state.

Nasir observed that the Sakinah Medical Outreach and the US-based KSANG had been at the forefront of free medical intervention for the teeming population in Kwara.

He said that the organisations had also pooled their resources together to sponsor the surgeries of some indigents to Germany and India as part of their humanitarian services.

The expert reiterated that the organisation was fully committed toward reaching out and complementing the efforts of Gov. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq in the development of healthcare for the state.

In her address, Kwara Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina El-Imam, commended the groups for the free surgical intervention, describing it as worthy of emulation.

El-Imam who represented Gov. AbdulRazak said that the state government underscored its focus to ensure universal health coverage for Kwara residents.

She emphasised that the cardinal goals of the administration was to ensure universal health coverage for all people in the state irrespective of their location.

She reiterated the resolve of the state government to continue to prioritise the health of the citizenry and expressed the continuous support of the state government to the groups’ humanitarian services.

Also Speaking, the President of KSANG, Dr Abdulkadir Adegboyega, stated that the gesture was part of the initiative of the association to improve and promote the healthcare of the people in Kwara.

He explained that Nigerians in diaspora felt it was important to give back to the homeland, while also appealing to other Nigerians of Kwara descent in North America to join the association.

In his goodwill message, the Chief Medical Director of General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr Abdulkadir Ahmed, expressed his appreciation to Sakinah and KSANG for the free surgical interventions.

He pledged the support of the hospital in channeling resources toward ensuring promoting the humanitarian efforts of the association.

A beneficiary, Mrs Bukola Ahmed, commended the association and the state government for the timely surgical intervention.

She described the timely surgery she received as life-saving and capable of improving the quality of her life.

On his part, the Father of a four-year old beneficiary, Master Fadlullah, Mr Abdulfatai Alimi, said the free surgery had impacted his son positively.

He said that many people were battling healthcare challenges that go unresolved due to financial problem.

Abuja365 reports that some of the surgical intervention includes Hernia, Keloid excision, Cataract, Lumps excision and Scar Fashion, amongst others


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