Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Eight hundred and forty people in Kogi State have so far benefited from the free Cleft and Facial Deformity Surgery Scheme of the Deformity Foundation in collaboration with the Kogi State Government. The free medical programme was put in place in the last three years to take care of the less privileged in the society who cannot afford the high cost of surgical treatment in the hospitals.
The Voluntary Medical Team was in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital in the last two weeks to carry out the free surgical treatment for this year, of which 13 people have successfully underwent the operation at the moment. Governor Idris Wada while flagging-off this year’s free surgery programme at the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, reiterated the commitment of his administration to boost the health care delivery service in the state describing good healthy condition as wealth.
The Governor who was represented by the permanent secretary of the State Ministry of Health, S.O Aliyu lauded the collaborative effort of the Deformity Foundation with the state government to embark on the humanitarian service. He admonished the people of the state to avail themselves of the opportunity by coming out en-mss to embrace the free medical scheme.
Earlier, the team leader, Dr. Seidu Bello said facial deformity are in three categories: namely Locked Jaw, Facial Clefts and Facial Tumour stressing that all these entities have one thing in common such as stigmatisation, decimation of children potential, societal dislocation and children out of school syndrome.
He said the foundation is not relenting in sensitizing Nigerians about the scourge of the deformity disease as well as promotion of research on the curative measure of the disease. Dr. Bello expressed gratitude to Governor Idris Wada for being one of the first governors to embrace the free surgery programme in Nigeria.