Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has commended the management of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for organising free medical treatment for rural dwellers in the state.
Aregbesola gave the commendation during NYSC free medical programme tagged ‘ Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers’ on Tuesday in Sekona community in the state.
The governor described the free health initiative as a landmark achievement in the history of NYSC in the area of offering selfless service to rural dwellers.
Aregbesola who was represented by Mr Akinyinka Esho, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, said the initiative was commendable.
The governor said the increasing awareness of the potency of orthodox medicine and the attendant increase in the demand for it had made government health facilities inadequate.
In his remarks, the NYSC Director General, Brig.-Gen.Sure Zakari Kazaure explained that the free medical programme was designed to carter for the health of the downtrodden.
Represented by Mrs Regina Illuebbey, the NYSC State Coordinator, Kazaure said the free medical outreach which was conceived two years ago had achieved its goal of saving lives.
According to him, “the NYSC, in the past 43 years, has not relented in pursuing it’s mandate and making meaningful impacts on the lives of people in the different communities across the nation.”
“Against this backdrop, the goal of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers is to mobilise corps medical volunteers to provide health interventions through diagnosis and treatment for the general well being of the rural dwellers”.