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The Patent Pathway International (PPI) has undertaken a medical mission to Egun-nla community in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Development Diaries reports that some of the residents of the area were screened on diabetes, while some had their blood pressure checked during the medical mission.

The not-for-profit organisation’s Project Coordinator, Dr Oluyombo Peters, said that PPI had identified some gaps in Nigeria’s health care delivery system, especially among people living in areas that are hard to reach.

In December 2020, Nigeria’s health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the country did not have enough primary health care centres to cater to the needs of Nigerians.

‘We have barely one-third of the required 9,855 PHCs, which define UHC, to bring health closer to the people and begin to address Nigeria’s appalling health indices’, Ehanire said during a media engagement.

However, Peters said that his organisation was focused on addressing this problem.

‘We are focused on improving health outcomes and we want to take it one community at a time. We aim to strengthen health care delivery in underserved communities’, The Punch quoted him as saying.

‘We saw the gaps in the country’s health sector and decided that if we could fill those gaps by starting medical missions we would be able to find solutions to the problems we’ve identified.

‘In Africa, health care is not a right as it is supposed to be; we still have to contend with factors such as accessibility and affordability’.

Peters further said that patients that were screened during the medical mission will be connected with health officers within the local government area to ensure frequent checkups.

‘Our medical mission is conducted in such a way that after we identified that a particular person has an ailment, we liaise with medical officers in the local government area to follow them up. We do not just check them and leave them’, he added.

Source: The Punch

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