By Dayo Johnson
AKURE — NO fewer than 224 indigent persons in Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency have benefited from free of surgeries.
The federal constituency has a total of 23 wards, while Okitipupa has 13 and Irele 10 wards respectively.
The screening exercise was carried out in 12 centres across the federal constituency.
742 patients were screened in the process.
Also, cases diagnosed include uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, malaria, respiratory tract infections, cataracts and refractive errors arthritis.
A total of 333 patients were identified and cleared for surgical procedures, while common surgical cases identified in these centres included Hernias, Lymphomas, Hydrocele, Ganglion, Breast Lumps, Adult Circumcision, Fibroids, ophthalmic problems like cataracts and ptygeria were recorded but not identified as surgical cases.
72 health workers were involved in the surgery and coordinated by Medway Medicals Ltd.
The State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa; General Hospital, Igbotako and General Hospital, Ode Irele were the three centres designated for the surgery.
Also, 82 health workers, including 26 surgeons participated in the process of surgeries which included hernias, hydrocele, lipoma, cysts, leiomyomas, etc.
In attendance at the flag off were the chairman, Okitipupa Local Government area, Mrs Alaka and eight traditional rulers.
Also, the member representing the Federal constituency, Mr Mike Adeniyi Omogbehin, who sponsored the exercise said that the people are confronted with health challenges including medical illnesses, and various surgical problems hence his intervention.
Stakeholders lauded the sponsor for the programme and called on other politicians to take a cue from his kind gesture, which is said to have gulped N20million.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony at the comprehensive health Center Oke Oyinbo, Okitipupa, Mr Omogbehin noted that such challenge contribute social, economic, and psychological burden to the people thus limiting their participation in market economy and political processes.
He said: “The objectives of the festival of surgery is to remove the health burdens occasioned by the various surgical problems, improve their health, and deliver dividends of democracy to these long neglected rural population.
“The award of health intervention project of Festival of Surgery in Okitipupa / Irele federal constituency of Ondo State by The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, is aimed at delivering democratic dividends to these long neglected rural communities.
“The project is to provide screening, treatment of the resident of the communities for common surgical problems like hernia, hydrocele, breast lumps, etc and also provide counselling and treatment for chronic diseases likes hypertension, diabetes, Arthritis.”
Commending the initiative, the Council chairman said: “This programme provides the opportunity of identifying the huge health burden in the country as exemplified by these two council areas.
“It is suggested and recommended that this type of programme should be carried out regularly and must include chronic medical ailments, ophthalmic surgical and non surgical conditions across the country. It is also suggested that adequate funding must be provided for such programmes to achieve desire outcomes.”