By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The National Youth Service Corps will continue to live up to the responsibility of providing qualitative free healthcare services to the rural dwellers and less privileged in the society.
The Director General of the scheme, Brig Gen Sule Zakari Kazaure stated this in Ibadan recently during the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) week observed in all the states of the federation.
According to the Director General, the NYSC in line with the best practices the world over when responsible agencies of government under the corporate social responsibility gives all encompassing assistance and render life-touching services to its host communities.
The NYSC helmsman who was represented by a Deputy Director, Mrs. Adetokunbo Idowu disclosed that the encouragement received from the critical stakeholders of the scheme encouraged the management to give all what it takes for the programme to succeed.
Kazaure was of the opinion that if all sectors can support the scheme in its bid to make life more meaningful to the less privileged and those in the rural communities, then we shall be moving nearer to the target of health for all under Vision 2020 projection.
He said that the scheme has deployed corps medical and allied professionals to the rural areas nationwide to bridge the gap of accessing quality healthcare by the populace majority of who live in rural areas.
The Director General expressed confidence that the programme which was flagged off last year has received tremendous supports and assistance from well-meaning Nigerians and corporate entities, and a favourable patronage from those it was meant for.
The NYSC boss used the occasion of the health week to enjoin the populace to avail themselves with the rare opportunity provided to access their medical needs free of payment.
The Chief Executive Officer of the scheme boasted that NYSC has qualified and competent professionals in most of the medical fields, having been tested and trusted to deliver the policy thrust of the HIRD programme.
Speaking earlier, the Oyo State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses reported than since the inception of the programme last year, over ten thousand beneficiaries have accessed the free medical services in the state.
The State Coordinator was full of gratitude to all those who have supported the programme in one way or the other.
“I want to use this forum to thank immensely all those who share in our vision of providing qualitative free medical services to our rural populace with their financial, material and logistics supports”.
Akin-Moses reminded the gathering that NYSC in the state have been providing free medical services to people within the vicinity where the Secretariat is situated.
Majority of those who benefited from the programme had counselling
Some of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed satisfaction that the NYSC scheme with the abundance of human resources at its disposal is capable of complementing the government in the provision of health for all under Vision 2020.