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RRI offers 200,000 nutrition interventions, 4,349 surgeries in 5 months – FG

Prof. Isaac Adewole
Minister of Health

ABUJA – A pro-poor health intervention, Rapid Response Initiative, RRI, launched by the Federal Government in July last year has brought relief to many people and homes in the country, the government has said.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, announced that the a total of 4,349 surgeries and 17, 793 health screenings were offered to less-privileged citizens of the country through the programme within five month.

A statement made available to Nigerian Health Online on Tuesday by Director of Media and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs Boade Akinola, said over 200,000 nutritional interventions were provided to citizens suffering from malnutrition in the country’s north-east.

“The ministry had set a target to deliver 10,150 free surgeries and screenings to help alleviate the sufferings of the poorest Nigerians who cannot afford to pay.  In addition to this, the ministry also carried out. The intervention has since scaled to become a full-fledged project, the health sector nutrition and emergency response delivering a set of comprehensive health interventions and emergency services in the troubled region…

“Adewole said that the programme is a promise kept by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which has a pro-poor universal health coverage agenda.  The minister said that the programme tagged “Better Health for All” is still on going and will be scaled up in the year, 2017,” part of the release stated.

He was further quoted as saying the programme was borne out of plan to respond to the critical needs of the people and deliver on the mandate of promoting health with focus on access, affordability and demand.

Adewole noted that the programme encapsulates a set of initiatives develop as a strategy to actualize the vision of the present administration to produce quick and visible impacts that will affect the lives of every citizen, especially the most vulnerable.

“The six components of the programme include surgical interventions, screening of Nigerians for major diseases, revitalization of PHCS, mutual health assurance, treatment of 200,000 severely acutely malnourished children and operationalizing the Nigeria centre for disease control.

“The programme sought to deliver 10,150 surgeries to the indigent Nigerians among which are herniorrhaphy 4,240, cataract extraction  2,300 cleft lip & palate repair  450, club foot repair100, keloid cryotherapy  80, VVF repair  300, myomectomy /hysterectomy   840, hydrocoelectomy  840 and  correction of refractive errors plus glasses 1000.

The health screenings cover 22,000 cancer screening: 10,000 cervical, 10,000 breast  and  2,000 prostate, 42,000 diabetes mellitus screening;  42,000 hepatitis B virus screening as well as  60,000 mass de-worming,” the release added.



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