The Acting Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Ayedatiwa, has promised that the state government will strengthen the partnership with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to ensure that many rural dwellers benefit from the scheme’s qualitative healthcare services.
Ayedatiwa made these remarks while flagging off the first quarter Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme held at the Ipogun community in Ifedore Local Government.
The Acting Governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs Foluke Tunde-Daramola, commended the NYSC for reaching beyond her primary mandate of uniting the country to provide free and qualitative healthcare services to rural communities.
Ondo State, Partners NYSC on Qualitative Healthcare Services
In an address, the State Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Nnenna Ani, said that NYSC came up with the idea of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme as a means to reach out to the rural dwellers who, under normal circumstances, were unable to access medical attention as a result of neglect and remoteness of their locations.
The State Coordinator disclosed that the program aimed at mobilising volunteer corps medical personnel to rural settings to complement government at all levels to give free and qualitative healthcare services.
Also, the Adapogun Oripogun of Ipogunland, Oba Raphael Ojo, urged the community dwellers to take advantage of free medical services at the NYSC to improve their health conditions.
Before the medical investigation and administration of drugs, some corps medical personnel gave health talks on critical health conditions such as blood pressure, diabetes, physical well-being, and balanced diet, as well as discourse on open defecation.
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