FG begins free surgery for poor Nigerians

Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

Poor Nigerians with certain medical conditions requiring surgery, who could not afford the medical bills, have been asked to go to the federal teaching hospitals and federal medical centres for free treatment.

Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole announced this at a media chat in Abuja.

The directive was given in line with the operations of the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI), which was inaugurated earlier this year to perform not less than 10,000 free surgeries on poor Nigerian indigenes in need.
“The only qualification you have is that you must be poor and we’ll do those surgeries that really put people into discomfort, Myomectomy, cleft lips, even VVF, many of them, this is being handled across the country in about 46 specialist centres”, he said.

The minister said the free treatment which is for the poor Nigerians, is being implemented under the rapid response initiatives inaugurated by his ministry in 2015.

So far, the minister says that about 10,000 free surgeries had been performed on poor Nigerians under the scheme.

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