UCH offers free medical screening, treatment to indigents
About 3,000 indigent people drawn from the rural areas in Oyo State would benefit from the Federal Government free screening and treatment for non communicable diseases including uterine fibroid, diabetes and hypertension.
The exercise, tagged “Rapid Results Initiative’ is a partnership arrangement between the Federal Ministry of Health and the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. Addressing reporters at the boardroom of the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Temitope Alonge said the exercise, which would be a routine one would be taken to the 11 local councils in Ibadan followed by other councils across the state.
While giving the statistics, Alonge said out of 74,150 indigent people that would benefit from the programme in 55 teaching and Federal Medical Centres across the country, UCH was given the permission to treat 545 patients adding that there was likelihood that the hospital would exceed the number.
Alonge said UCH would take care of about 3,000 patients at the end of the exercise which takes off today from Moniya in Akinyele Local Council area of the state.This, he said, would be the hospital’s contribution to free health care in the state.
The UCH chief noted that over the years, attention had been given to communicable diseases, which prompted medical practitioners to produce vaccines that would check its spread while paying little attention to non-communicable diseases, which he said now kills more people than communicable diseases.
Alonge highlighted some of the diseases that the hospital would handle during the exercise to include hypertension, diabetes, hernia in adults and children, cataract, cleft lip and cleft palate among others.
When asked why the exercise was restricted to non-communicable diseases, he explained that it had been observed that non-communicable diseases kill more people because of little attention given to it.
In addition, he said there are vaccines for communicable diseases like Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which could make the patients suffering from it to live long but it is not the same thing with diabetes, stroke, hypertension and other non communicable diseases, which have no vaccines and can kill people slowly.
On the period that the exercise would last, he said, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole would entrench it as a principle and would eventually become a routine to be carried out from time to time.
He said UCH was permitted to treat 100 hernia cases each in adults and children, 50 cases of cleft lips and cleft palate and 200 cases of cataract, 20 cases of uterine fibroid, 50 cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula and 20 cases of cataract.