By Joy Odor
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has flagged off the state health insurance scheme, with the distribution of identity cards to over 1200 beneficiaries.
This is just as Engineer Sule equally flagged of the second phase of the free medical outreach earlier started by his administration in its first 100 days, with 700 persons benefiting from the comprehensive basic healthcare, as well as 15 surgeries to be conducted free of charge.
The Governor flagged off the twin events in Awe, headquarters of Awe Local Government Council, on Tuesday.
While recalling that over 5200 persons benefited from the first exercise, which treated glaucoma, carried out cataract surgery and distributed free eye glasses, Engineer Sule said the second phase is further demonstration of the commitment of his administration to improve healthcare services in the state.
He maintained that the free medical outreach will be a continuous exercise until every nook and cranny of the state is covered.
The Governor reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to initiate policies and programmes, aimed at strengthening the healthcare sector for effective service delivery, adding that the state government will provide more healthcare services to guarantee the wellbeing of the people.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to highlight some of the key interventions by his administration in the health sector to include among others, embarking on a five-year Hepatitis B elimination plan, in addition to providing support for disease control for malaria, tuberculosis, HIV AIDS, malnutrition and immunization.
He equally urged the people of the state to comply with all existing protocol aimed at curtailing further spread of the coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging the world.
The Governor then called on the people of Awe and environs, to come out en masse, in order to benefit from the exercise, which will be conducted by qualified medical practitioners.
Earlier, both the representative of the National Healthcare Development Agency, Mrs Nnena Eze and that of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Ebong, commended the Governor for his commitment towards delivering quality healthcare to the people.
The two agencies assured Engineer Sule of their continued support towards all his activities in the health sector.