The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) has described the National Youth Service Corps as a reliable and dependable Scheme when it comes to service to humanity.

Arakunrin Akeredolu made the statement today when he flagged off the 2022 first quarter NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) at Oba community in Akoko South West Local Government.

The Governor who praised the management of the Scheme for coming up with the life saving intervention said that the focus on health care and well-being of rural populace will further deepen his administration’s commitment at providing qualitative health services to citizens and residents of the Sunshine State.

“Let me seize this opportunity to call on the good people of Oba community and its environs to troop out in their large numbers and take advantage of this outreach which is initiated for their benefit”.

Akeredolu, who was represented by the Director, Youth Development in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs. Catherine Kemi Okupe said that the provision of free health care services for the good people of Ondo State is another step towards a more holistic contribution to the continued good health and productivity of the people of the state.

He declared that the government will strengthen the partnership and seek ways to expand it’s reach so that more people can benefit from the programme.

“We also ask that you do not hesitate to request for the intervention of the Ondo State Government in any area the NYSC may require the assistance of the State Government to further deepen the objectives of this laudable programme” he said.

Earlier in her welcome speech, the NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani disclosed that the primary motive behind the establishment of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers is to mobilise volunteer corps medical personnel to provide free health services for the rural dwellers, who under normal circumstances will not be able to access medical attention as a result of the remoteness of their location.

The State Coordinator asserted that the Director General of the Scheme, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his aspiration to reposition the NYSC towards addressing numerous hazards occasioned by health challenges and inadequacies strengthen the programme whereby corps medical personnel nationwide will put their professional services free of any charge to address health challenges of the rural populace.

“There is a popular saying that, ‘too much of everything is bad’ but this is not so when it comes to healthcare because a healthy people is a healthy nation. As a result of this, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has decided to bring the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) to your doorsteps as part of the Scheme’s corporate social responsibility”.

She encouraged the dwellers of the community and its environs to open their minds and be truthful to discuss their medical history and challenges with the corps medical personnel as they are professionally competent to offer services that will assist them take informed decision.

The State Coordinator who was represented at the programme by the Assistant Director/Head, Corps Discipline and Reward, Mrs. Adejoke Ayodele Fashola reminded the people that COVID -19 is still very much within the society and appealed to them to continue to observe the non pharmaceutical protocols of Coronavirus as directed by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID -19 and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

She thanked the State Government under the purposeful leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for the all-encompassing support the Scheme has been enjoying under his administration as well as other valuable critical stakeholders such as philanthropists and community leaders as well as Local Governments for ensuring that the programme is sustained.

A corps doctor, Saka Afeez Olayinka gave a brief talk about the causes, symptoms and treatment of High Blood Pressure and Diabetes which he described as silent killers and very prevalent in our society today.

The corps medical professionals made up of Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Records Scientists, Psychologists and other ancillary service providers offered services to the members of the benefitting community.

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