By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal Government has concluded plans to flag-off the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (I-MOP).
The national launch of the I-MOP will hold in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the Bwari Township Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), on Monday, March 16, 2020.
I-MOP, according a statement by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib will provide free primary healthcare services such as immunization, treatment of minor ailments, health talks, counseling services, screening for non-communicable diseases and general medical consultations to Nigerians.
Three rounds of the I-MOP will be implemented in in 409 lowest performing LGAs and medical outreaches in each of the 109 Senatorial Districts across the 36 states and FCT between March and June 2020.
The first round of the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme will take place at selected primary healthcare centres between March 23 and 27, 2020, in all states of the federation and the FCT.
A statement further indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari, will flag off the programme while all the states of the Federation and FCT will implement between March 23 and 27, 2020.
According to the statement, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. (Sen.) Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello and the Minister of State FCT, Haj. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, will be present at the event.
The Outreach Programme, the statement explained, “is particularly targeted at Nigerians living in rural, riverine and hard-to-reach communities who have not had consistent access to basic health services and often unreached by conventional primary healthcare services.”
Dr. Shuaib, encouraged, especially rural dwellers, “particularly, mothers and caregivers to ensure that they secure the health and future of their children by seizing the opportunity provided by this programme to visit the selected primary health care centres nearest to them.”