Nigerians living with certain medical conditions that require medical surgeries but have been unable to seek healthcare services due to the cost have been directed to visit to any Federal Teaching Hospital or medical centre for free treatment.
This was announced by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole during a media interactive session at Kuchigoro Primary Healthcare Centre, Abuja.
The directive was given in line with the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) which was inaugurated earlier this year to carry out not less than 10,000 free surgeries on poor Nigerians.
‘The only qualification you have is that you must be poor and we’ll do those surgeries that really put people in discomfort, myomectomy, cleft lips, even VVF, many of these are being handled across the country in about 46 specialist centres’, he said.
Embarking on a tour round the Kuchigoro Healthcare Facility, the minister revealed that N550 million has been earmarked for the revitalization of the first phase of primary health care centres.
He also added that the project was of importance to the federal government as it tackled child and maternal mortality in the country.