Medical Experts Urge FG To Increase Allocation To Health Sector

A health official checks the blood pressure of a beneficiary of a free medical outreach in Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency

 

Some Medical Experts and residents Of Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency in Osun State have called on the Federal Government to focus more on the state of the health sector in Nigeria.

They made the call at the start of a free medical outreach in Obokun Local Government Area of the state. The outreach was organised by the lawmaker representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, Oluwole Oke.

The free medical outreach is intended to cater for basic health issues such as malaria, with medical experts also checking participants for their blood pressure and ailments such as diabetes. Major cases are referred to teaching hospitals.

The National Coordinator of the Health for all Fair, Dr Alubankudi Olamide, said the need to meet the health challenges of the people bearing in mind the present economic crunch in the nation gave birth to the free medical treatment.

According to her, it is saddening that most public health hospitals are not well equipped to attend to the needs of the citizens even as she called on the federal and state governments to devote a large of the allocation to the health sector.

Residents wait to be examined during the outreach

The National Vice coordinator of the programme, Dr Olusegun Daramola, advised the residents to carryout periodic checks at primary health care centres to know their status in order to get help for any health challenge that might be diagnosed of early.

He called on the wealthy in the society to emulate the lawmaker and see free health care for the less privileged as a way of giving back to the society.
Some of the beneficiaries said the free medical outreach is an eyeopener that early detection of any ailment saves lives.

The programme is expected to last for a week to allow for many indigenes benefit from it.

Oke Declares Intention To Run For Osun Governorship Election

A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Oluwole Oke today declared his ambition to run for the office of governor in Osun state.

He made the declaration while addressing members of the party at a rally in Osogbo, the state capital shortly after submitting his declaration form to the party leadership signifying his ambition to run as the Party’s flag bearer in the August 9 election.

The former lawmaker had in December 2013, obtained the expression of interest form to contest for the PDP ticket in Osogbo.

He said he is committed to pursuing his ambition to contest the 2014 governorship election with the incumbent governor and expressed hope that he will defeat Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

“It is not going to be easy to battle an incumbent governor. But I would dislodge Aregbesola’s government next year by the grace of God,” he said after picking the form.

Responding, the chairman of PDP in Osun State, Mr Ganiyu Ola-Oluwa assured that the party will not impose aspirants and promised that the candidate of the party will emerge through primary election.

The PDP chairman admonished aspirants to work with party delegates who will vote for the candidate of the party at the primary election and advised him not to forget his promises for the party and people of the state if elected as governor.