Beneficiaries hail AbdulRazaq, partners over Kwara’s free surgeries
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on September 27, 2019
At least 70% of the ongoing free eye surgeries and 50% of the overall medical interventions in Ilorin General Hospital have been carried out, with beneficiaries commending the Kwara State Government and other sponsors of the exercise for the gesture.
The beneficiaries singled out Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for commendation for the corrective surgeries and other interventions which they said were made possible with multi million naira equipment the government newly supplied to the hospital, especially in the intensive care unit (ICU).
The interventions are sponsored by the state government in partnership with the Kwara State Association of Nigeria, North America (KSANG) and Sakinah Medical Outreach .
An hernia patent who benefited from the intervention, Oloyede Lamidi said the surgery carried out elsewhere last year was not successful and he could not bear the cost of carrying out another operation for lack of fund.
He commended Governor AbdulRazaq for the intervention which he said was beneficial to indigent patients.
Miss Aderemi Olabisi, who had her breast lump removed, admitted that lack of fund had led to the delay in carrying out her surgery.
Muhammad Isa, who had a successful hernia surgery, said he had over the last one year been managing the case without success until the intervention.
Isa noted that he heard the information about the medical and surgical missions on radio and seized the opportunity.
Abubakar Jimoh, a guardian of a nine-year-old Muhammad Jimoh, who had hernia, said the family had taken the child to another hospital without success until the intervention this week.
Speaking with in an interview, the Chief Medical Director, State General Hospital Ilorin, Professor Abdulfatai Olokoba disclosed that over seventy of the one hundred cataract surgeries had been done while two hundred and fifty glasses had been given to patients suffering from various eye disorders.
Olokoba added that the surgical interventions have led to impressive capacity building within the General Hospital with the supply of more equipment, the opening of new wards and the ICU which he said would be useful to the state.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Sakinah Medical Outreach and head of the Volunteer Doctors, Doctor Salman Yusuf said they partook in the programme to support Governor AbdulRazaq’s efforts to improve basic healthcare delivery in the state.
Doctor Yusuf promised that all patients whose parameters had been taken beyond the expected five hundred would be attended to through mop up arrangements.
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