The Oyo State Government, in collaboration with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), has initiated a surgical program aimed at providing treatment for 100 underprivileged patients suffering from Hydrocele and Lymphedema Management. This initiative spans across all thirty-three local government areas within Oyo State.
Speaking at the Oke-Are Primary Health Care Center in Ibadan, Dr. Muideen Olatunji, the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, emphasized that this program is specifically designed to assist indigent patients who cannot afford these surgical procedures at private hospitals.
He elaborated, saying, “The board, in partnership with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), is offering free surgical interventions for Hydroceles and Lymphedema Management to nearly 100 indigent patients residing in the 33 local government areas of the state.”
Dr. Olatunji also highlighted the broader context, explaining, “One of our program interventions falls under the category of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and Hydrocele is one of these diseases. Many individuals in our communities suffer from these health issues, which can be quite embarrassing. CBM is generously supporting us in providing these necessary surgeries for those who face financial challenges.”
He further stated, “We are conducting this program across all 33 local government areas, and we have enlisted the help of our local NTDs coordinators to identify individuals with these conditions and bring them to our facilities for cost-free surgeries.”
In terms of logistical support, he added, “We are also providing transportation for these patients to ensure they can return home comfortably, considering their limited financial resources.”
Dr. Olatunji expressed gratitude to both CBM and the Oyo State Government for their collaborative effort in supporting these patients and encouraged beneficiaries to utilize Oyo state primary health facilities for follow-up care.
He concluded, “The government has already taken steps to renovate and upgrade many of these facilities, making them more accessible and efficient. We are thrilled with the turnout, and we anticipate more patients in need of these services.”
Earlier in the event, the Project Director of Christian Blind Mission (CBM), Enan Williams Adamani, represented by the Project Manager, Elizabeth Ezeobele, explained the organization’s partnership with the Oyo State government in addressing lymphatic Filariasis morbidity and disability prevention among residents of the state. He acknowledged the Oyo State government’s focus on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and commended their support for the program.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Sheriff Adeyemo, expressed his gratitude on behalf of his son, who received treatment, applauding the governor of the state for this thoughtful gesture. He also expressed appreciation to the partnering organizations and medical teams for the prompt and high-quality healthcare provided at no cost.
Prince Dotun Oyelade,
Commissioner for Information and Orientation,
September 6, 2023.