By Hassan Zaggi
In order to enable poor Nigerians have access to cheap, affordable and qualitative healthcare services in all parts of the country, Daughters of Charity, a unit of the Catholic Church, has advised governments at all levels to support mission hospitals by paying the salaries of their medical doctors and nurses.
The Lead, Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent Hospital, Kubwa, Sister Mary Okolo, gave the advice when responding to questions from journalists at the medical outreach organized by her group, in Kubwa.
The medical outreach, according her, was aimed at giving poor and less privileged Nigerians living in Kubwa and environs the opportunity to access medical services free.
“Daughters of Charity see the people of Nigeria as God’s people and because we saw the dilapidating health system, we decided to erect a structure where we can provide holistic health care to Nigerians.
“We saw that many people, especially around Kubwa, the poor, in particular, cannot afford to go to hospital where they can get healthcare services.
“Daughters of Charity, seen the poor as representing God and those who need basic health care, we decided to organize today as a health day where we provide free screening and de-worming for children,” she said.
While insisting that collaboration between the government and mission hospitals will enable poor Nigerians access healthcare services cheaper and in some cases free, she said: “We have are supporting the government and we are requesting the government to support us so that we can reach more Nigerians.
“They government can second our staff. If they pay our doctors and nurses for us, it will now be easier for us to provide medical services more cheaper and free to the less privileged.”
The medical outreach, she noted, targeted closed to 1000 people and those with advanced health issues will be referred to the consultants resident in the hospital for free treatment.
“The aim of doing this free treatment is also for those of them who have no money to go for test.
“Once we identify any serious health issue, we refer them immediately to Consultants in our hospital for further treatment.”
Some of the services provided included free blood pressure test, hepatitis, sugar test “and all the laboratory test that can help the people to know their health and follow up. We are also treating children for worm, malaria and many other issues.”
Speaking, a beneficiary who brought his son from Nasarawa, Mohammed Isa, applauded the effort of the hospital in the provision of cheap and affordable healthcare to the poor.
He disclosed that because of the qualitative services provided by the hospital, his two children were delivered in the facility.
“I came with my child and he was tested and given de-worming medicine. I also ran sugar level and hypertitist tests,” he disclosed.