FG of­fers free surgery to 10,000 poor Nige­ri­ans

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day un­veiled a health in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme that would pro­vide free surgery to 10,000 poor and needy Nige­ri­ans reg­is­tered with the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme.

The pro­gramme, which will start on July 18 in 46 health fa­cil­i­ties across Nige­ria, will also ex­tend free breast and cer­vi­cal can­cer tests to 18,000 Nige­ri­ans as well as free di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion tests to 500,000 oth­ers.

The Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mal­lam Garba Shehu, dis­closed this in a state­ment yes­ter­day af­ter Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari met with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Africa, Dr Mat­shidiso Rebecca Moeti.

Ear­lier in her re­marks, Moeti com­mended the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s health pro­grammes and pledged con­tin­ued sup­port of the WHO to the devel­op­ment of Nige­ria’s health sec­tor.

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