Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council of Plateau State, under the leadership of Hon. Ernest Abner Da’a has on 31st January, 2023 kicked off a 6-Day Free Medical Outreach in 5 designated towns within the Local Government Area, to last until February 5, 2023.
Declaring the exercise opened at the Flag Off ceremony at Pedong Clinic and Maternity Namu; amidst cheers from the people; the Council Chairman, Hon. Ernest Abner Da’a stated that the gesture is his Administration’s drive towards the provisions of social services to the densely populated rural areas, especially in the area of health care service delivery.
Hon. Ernest Abner Da’a, said it is the second time this Administration is providing such succour to the people, especially those who may not have the capacity to meet their health needs and obligations.
Da’a disclosed that during the first exercise in 2022, over 10,000 citizens benefited from the Free Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Services, saying that more people are expected to benefit from the exercise, because of the deliberate decision to decentralize the services to five centers, located at Kwalla, Kwande, Kwa, Doemak and in Namu, adding that the decision to take the Outreach closer to the people was to ensure maximum benefits by the citizens.
“It is in realization of this, that the Local Government Council in collaboration with the Association of Resident Doctors, Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, decided to hold this year’s Outreach in the 5 earmarked centers, holding from 8:00am to 4:00 pm each day. Citizens with any health challenge (s) are therefore encouraged to take advantage of the decentralization policy and patronize any of the centres, as 50 Doctors and other highly qualified medical personnel have been mobilized to meet all types of their health needs,” Da’a stated.
The Council Boss further explained, that the 5 medical facilities to host the Outreach are; the Cottage Hospital Kwalla; Peter Bawa and Anna Memorial Clinic, Kwande; Pedong Clinic and Maternity, Namu; the Primary Health Care Centre Kwa, while the outreach at the Primary Health Care Centre, Doemak, will strictly be for Eyes related problems, including surgeries and glasses.
The Executive Chairman informed that because of his Administration’s believe in the adage that “Health is Wealth,” the Council undertook several medical interventions in order to provide succor to the citizens, which included the completion of the construction work on the PHC Clinic at Kurgwi East Ward and the distribution of large quantities of Drugs and other Hospital equipments to the various PHC Clinics in the LGA, under the Drugs Revolving Scheme programme of the QP Project administration.
The Chairman said, the Council has been supportive to civil society and faith based organizations in their respective desire to provide amenities to the citizens, disclosing that his Administration is currently disbursing the sum of 42million naira only (N2.1 million each to 20 rural communities) as contributions for different developmental projects.
Hon. Da’a expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Association of Resident Doctors, Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, led by Dr. Joel Daboet for accepting to be part of the historic lives saving exercise and thanked the various health institutions for making available their facilities towards the success of the Outreach.
He commended Members of the Legislative Council, the Traditional Institution and the good people of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area for all the supports and encouragements they have been giving to the Council.
The Head of medical team, which comprised of personnel indigenous to the LGA, Dr. Joel Daboer promised to do their best, and appealed for cooperation and understanding from the people. He informed that before the official flag off, they undertook more than 10 major surgeries involving different ailments.
In his speech, the Long Jan of Namu Chiefdom, Engr. Dr. Safiyanu A. Magaji III, appreciated the kind gesture of Hon Ernest Abner Da’a led Administration for always identifying with the needy and for extending most of the LGA facilities to his domain.
He cited the building of Divisional Police Office, construction of bridges and taking proactive security measures within the Chiefdom, and assured that his people will continue to exhibit peaceful conducts.
Some of the patients expressed appreciation to the Local Government Council for the kind gesture and prayed to God to protect and lead the leadership to always put the people first.
The APC Chairman in the LGA, Hon. Kangmi Haruna Jibrin appreciated the Council for decentralizing the exercise, while both the LGC Supervisory Councillor for Health and Director of health Department admonished the bold steps taken, adding that the exercise is historic.
Dignitaries at the flag off included Members of the Legislative Council, led by Hon. Jonah Damar, Council Secretary, Hon. Godenaan Gideon Dashe, the Zonal Inspector (ZI), DPM, DFS, all Supervisory Councillors, APC faithful and a large number of citizens of the LGA, who thronged the venue to be attended to.
After the flag off in Namu, Hon Da’a later led his team to the other 4 Centres in Kwande, Kwalla, Doemak and Kwa, where they were met by appreciating members of the public.
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