The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Aloge disclosed on Monday that the hospital, in conjunction with 11 local government agencies in Oyo State, will begin free screening and surgeries for non-communicable diseases.
The programme tagged” Rapid Result Initiative”, is in continuation of the 10,000 free medical outreach of the Federal Ministry of Health.
According to Alonge, “It should be noted that in the country today, we have high rate of death as a result of non-communicable diseases. Diseases such as headache, accident, arthritis, hypertension, diabetic, Osteoporosis, Leukaemia, among others”.
He explained further that the screening exercise will begin on January 17 in 11 local council areas in Ibadan.
The schedule is as follows:
- January 17 – Akinyele local government
- January 18 – Ibadan North West
- January 19 – Ona-Ara
- January 24 – Lagelu
- January 25 – Ido
- Janaury 26 – Oluyole
- January 31 – Ibadan North East
- Febuary 1 – Egbeda
- February 2 – Ibadan South East
- February 7 – Ibadan South West
- February 8 – Ibadan North
The hospital boss added: “We have been allocated to conduct surgeries for 545 patients, and also free screenings and medications will be giving to patients, and any patients with a critical case will be giving a referral letter to UCH for further treatment.”
He also disclosed that as part of the hospital’s corporate social responsibility while celebrating its 60th anniversary, the free health programme will be extended to more than 3,000 patients.
“Annually we spend N25 million to N30 million for indigents patients whether known or unknown and that is why we are still calling on well meaning Nigerians to donate to the hospital to assist indigent patients”, he said.
He disclosed that free surgeries will be conducted for patients with Cleft Lip, Cataract, Inguino-Scrotal Hernia, Infantile Hydrocele and VVF correction.