The first batch of teachers in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State to enjoy the free routine medical outreach programme organised by the Igogo-Ekiti Annex Clinic of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), were those who work in the host community.
The Annex recorded a huge turnout in its premises on Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 as the invitations sent across to the nine (9) public and private primary schools and four (4) public and private secondary schools in the town were honoured with encouraging numbers of representatives. A total of 200 Teachers in both Primary and Secondary Schools are expected to be seen during the 3-day programme.
Declaring the exercise opened, the representative of the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adekunle Ajayi, who also doubled as the Head of Information/Corporate Affairs Unit of the hospital, Mr Bank-Akinnuoye, thanked the invited guests and extended the CMD’s greetings to all the participants.
He said the programme was introduced to cater for the health of the people living in the community and in neighbouring towns. He further stressed the importance placed on healthy lifestyle by Prof. Ajayi as what cannot be toyed with.
Igogo Annex Coordinating Physician, Dr Ariyibi, who lauded the usual support given the Annex by the management, heightened his gratitude to the Education Secretary in Moba LGA, Mrs Kotila and the Area Education Officer in absential for permitting the teachers to attend the medicare exercise.
He promised that very soon, the scope of services being rendered will be improved upon and he appreciated the management for the successes made in the outreach centre. He also stated that many Near-death situations and emergencies had been attended to in the centre and that more qualitative medical services will be provided to the teachers, their students and people of the neighboring communities.
He also announced that the annex runs its scan on Tuesdays at just half of the cost in other far Scanning centres from Igogo-Ekiti. He disclosed that the Scan Machine was donated by well-meaning indigenes of the community in support of the gesture of resuscitation of the Annex .
The Head of Family Medicine department in the hospital, Dr Gabriel enlightened the people on the dangers inherently embedded in late discovery of cancer and urged regular medical checkup.
Dr Shabi, the Head of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the hospital, explained extensively on the significance of the two types of community-based social insurance scheme, Voluntary/Individual (15,000) and family (30,000) per year. He said if the Igogo Development Union can support the people, the community can rather go for enrolment of 500 families where parents and four of their children can benefit quality free medicare.
Mrs Akinola, the Headmistress of St. Joseph N/P School, Igogo-Ekiti and Mrs Kotila in their remarks expressed satisfaction in the service delivery of the Annex, maintaining that the quality of services rendered in the hospital is equiponderant to that of its Annex.
The duo, along other contributors, appreciated the staff at Annex for their heart of love and passion often displayed while attending to the patients. They prayed greater height for the CMD and his management team.
Teachers in the community and its environs were enjoined to prioritise their health above wealth. Mrs Kotila further appealed to the teachers to be the mouthpiece of the Annex in their respective schools and ensure patronage of the Annex is increased to sustain its existence.
Several tests ranging from blood pressure, and urine to blood sugar level, Clinical care and Counselling were conducted for the participants who came in their hundreds free of charge.
The gesture will also be extended to Members of the NURTW and RTEAN branches in Igogo Ekiti on the closing day – Thursday, as Dr Ariyibi said the drivers had been helping with transportation/direction of patients from other communities to the Annex clinic.