*Lack of staff and drugs being reason
Project Implementation Committee of Igbomina Mobile Clinic has expressed concern over the unofficial closure of the Kwara state owned Oro-Ago General Hospital in Ifelodun local government area of the state.
Reviewing the last weekend activities of its maiden health outreaches for year 2017 to six communities of Ilere and Oro-Ago Districts, the Committee noted that the areas were grossly under-served in terms of health facilities, a situation which according to it, portend serious danger to the good health of the people.
In a statement on Monday by the Project Secretary, Elder Olaitan Oyin-Zubair stressed that the primary objective of the Mobile Clinic was only to provide first line diagnosis and treatment to the people in the areas of hypertension, diabetics, arthritis, HIV and Malaria amongst other ailments, after which patients could be referred to secondary healthcare institution like the General Hospital for more attention.
Elder Oyin-Zubair wondered how this could be possible in a situation where Oro-Ago General Hospital, which is supposed to serve the people of the two districts was under lock and key due to alleged lack of staff and drugs.
The Project Secretary therefore challenged the state health authorities and concern leaders of these communities to look into the issue with a view to proffering lasting solutions in the larger interests of their people and promotion of primary healthcare delivery services in these areas in particular and the state as a whole.
Meanwhile, the medical crew of the Mobile Clinic Project has discovered the prevalence of peculiar eyes problems described as glaucoma amongst many people in part of the areas, which the health outfit has promised to bring to the attention of the state Ministry of Health for appropriate action.
The outreaches which covered Owa-Kajola, Okeoyan, Ahun, Irabon, Ajegunle and Okedaba were very successful with good turn outs of about 600 registered patients who were attended to with free tests, consultations and dispensing of high quality drugs by project’s 35 medical volunteers led by Dr Musibau O. Babalola and Dr Ismail Bakare respectively.
Elder Oyin-Zubair announced that the project’s bi-monthly health outings continues on 4th February in Irepodun local government area of the state at Ijan, Agbele, Agbonda, Omido, Arandun, Rore and their surrounding settlements.