Fayemi Govt Lauded for ‘Ulera Ekiti’
***As Residents are Urged to Access FHM
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
The Kayode Fayemi-led administration in Ekiti State has again been commended for its Free Health Mission tagged “Ulera Ekiti” which has been implemented tactically to extend free health services to its citizens across the State, especially at the grassroots level.
This commendation was given during a tripartite meeting involving the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency (EKSACA), and Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme (EKHIS) held in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The Director, Resource Mobilization of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Josephine Kalu who described the meeting, which was for integration of HIV services as very successful said far-reaching
decisions that will result in drastic reduction in the HIV figure in the state were taken at the meeting.
While advocating for voluntary HIV screening and testing for all citizens across the Federation, Mrs. Kalu called on the Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme (EKHIS) to synergize with the Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency (EKSACA) with the aim of making all decisions and conclusions reached at the meeting operational in the state.
Mrs. Kalu, who frowned at the way and manner the immediate past administration in the state handled all issues bordering on HIV appealed to the current administration in the state to handle the
issue with all seriousness it deserves.
The Director, who pledged an unalloyed cooperation of her Ministry with the Ekiti State government, said all machineries would be set in motion to ensure full implementation of rules and regulations relating to HIV and testing.
She pledged her readiness to render good and sustainable service to the state by working in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure a significant reduction in HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state.
The Acting General Manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ekiti State, Mr. Shola Shittu, who commended the collaborative efforts of the Director, Resources Mobilization of the National Agency For The Control Of AIDS in ensuring that HIV cases were reduced across the state commended the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his support at reducing the rate of HIV in the state.
The acting GM described the governor’s efforts as emulative and commendable.
The Programme Manager, Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency (EKSACA), who was represented by the Agency’s Procurement Officer, Mr. Rotimi Ojo called for the assistance and intervention of the National AIDS Control Agency (NACA) if the agitation for participation by both the Ekiti state government and its people on issues relating to HIV would materialize.
The EKSACA Programme Manager, Dr. Charles Doherty, who called for harmonious working relationship between the NACA and Ekiti SACA in the education and counselling of affected persons, commended the NACA’s Director of Resource Mobilization for personally attending the meeting, called for consistency in bringing down the figure of AIDS victims.
Meanwhile, residents of Ekiti State have been advised to consider the Free health Mission (FHM) organized by Ekiti State Government as an opportunity to access qualitative health care for whatever infirmity to prevent untimely death.
The Permanent secretary, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Folakemi Olomojobi made this plea at the commencement of the second phase of the Free Health Mission of the government in Ikole Local Government Area of the State.
She promised that the medical team that is in partnership with the Development Support Initiative (DSI) would give out their best in attending to patients.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the Coordinating Director of Ikole Local Government, Mr. Olatubosun Fasanmi, who appreciated the Governor for fulfilling his promises to give adequate care to the people of the state, encouraged the people of the area to avail themselves the opportunity brought to their doorsteps and equally reciprocate the gesture by supporting Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration for the sustenance of the scheme.
Some medical personnel, Dr. Desmond Eze and Pharmacist Bayo Aina, in their individual remarks described the turn-out of the people of the area as massive, impressive and encouraging.
They implored the people of the State to prioritize their health by ensuring regular medical checks-up and partaking in regular exercise to further guarantee long life.
In a related development, Ekiti workers have been advised on regular medical check up to ensure fitness.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. James Owolabi, who made the call urged workers in the Ministry to ensure regular medical check-up to further ascertain their state of health.
Mr. Owolabi, made the call during a Health Talk Programme organized by the Ministry for the staff of the office in Ado-Ekiti, noticed that workers can only be effective and efficient at his their
duty posts if they are in good health.
The Permanent Secretary also urged them to always educate their children and other members of their family on the need they should get acquainted with the Status of their health.
While analyzing major barriers against sound health, Dr. Michael Afolabi, who was a Resource Person for the Lecture listed changing Global Megatrends and Growing prevalence of risk factor as major barriers against good health.
Dr. Afolabi itemized sensible eating, regular drinking of water, reduction in caffeine intake, maintenance of good and comfortable posture, taking frequent break in between work, keeping one’s duty post clean and right stress management as factors that can enhance
One of the beneficiaries at the programme, Mr. John Adewumi, while appreciating the Ekiti State Government for prioritizing the health care of its people urged the governor to make the programme a continuous exercise.
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