Over 2,000 residents of Iwo yesterday received free medical treatment from the medical mission of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola. The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Development Support Interna- tional, an organisation with experience in medical outreach projects.
The 209 medical team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, optalmologists, optometrics, pharmacy technicians and logistics workers, treated the number at an open field opposite Iwo Local Government Secretariat. The team offered free treatment including surgeries in five broad areas.
They are eye care, general outpatient, dental care, emergency medical services and health education. Through surgeries, lumps were removed in several parts of the body while cataract was removed from the eyes of many patients. Hernias were also corrected through surgeries.
Commenting on the project after undergoing eye test, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, commended Oyetola, stressing that he brought succor to his subjects. He said many residents were suffering illhealth due to poverty but that initiatives such as free health mission has brought succour to them. The monarch explained that good efforts should be lauded irrespective of who is behind it.
He told his enthusiastic subjects to ignore any attempt to demean the initiative by describing it as political. Oba Akanbi said the project brought smile to the faces of thousands of poor people who cannot afford medical care. He challenged other politicians to emulate Oyetola. To the monarch, the free health care is a heavy project that is expensive, noting that only people who have means, connection and interest of the masses at heart can undertake such. Akanbi said great projects are easier said than done.
“Even if they describe this as political, it is welcome here. As long as it benefits my people, we are happy to have it. Let other politicians bring good initiatives like this to Iwo. As long as it benefits my people, we will also embrace it. But it is easier said than done,” the monarch said. He also expressed gratitude to all members of the medical team for leaving their jobs in foreign countries and Lagos to offer free service to his subjects.
The Project Manager, Ilerioluwa Free Health Mission, Dr. Adebola Odunsi, described the project as laudable. He said people should support leaders that are interested in people’s health and total well-being. Odunsi said they did population estimate and found out medical needs of residents to determine the team members and the kind of services to render. About 300 surgeries are being undertaken in all. Drugs and eye glasses were offered free to patients. During the exercise, patients thronged the venue of the project till evening.
They struggled to benefit from the programme in the various units as population surged continually. Meanwhile, the campaign train of the APC also stormed Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of the state, the candidate of the party Mr. Gboyega Oyetola yesterday assured people of the zone that if voted in as the next governor of the state, his administration would make the place more virile through rapid transformation.
Oyetola who made the assurance, while addressing the people of Osun West Senatorial district at Gbongan, said his commitment to the development of the zone would be outstanding. The APC candidate who commended Rauf Aregbesola-led administration for its effort in making Osun West zone a classical through road construction and other developmental projects, said the projects suffered a setback as a result of the economic meltdown witnessed in the last four years. He however called on the electorate to disregard all forms of the opposition’s antics which he said may undermine electoral principles and democratic tenets.
Speaking at the rally, Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, urged the people of the state to vote for Oyetola. He said his administration has laid a good foundation that requires a competent and intelligent person to build upon, hence the need for them to vote for the party
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