The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC), Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi has commended the Kwara state government over its comprehensive health-care delivery policy, describing it as one of the best in the country.
Brigadier-General Olawumi, who made the commendation when he paid a courtesy visit to the Kwara state governor, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed, at the Government House, Ilorin, said the NYSC was flagging-off its health initiative for rural dwellers scheme to compliment the State Government’s healthcare delivery.
He explained that the initiative would give rural dwellers greater access to medical care as Medical doctors among Corps members and other professionals will offer free medical services to the people in the state while patients in need of referrals would be sent to hospitals for follow up.
Responding, the state Governor, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed said the NYSC initiative was a positive development as it will strengthen the implementation of the State government driven community health insurance scheme.
Governor Ahmed said the Community Health Insurance Scheme, alongside other healthcare programme, which have attracted local and international recognition, would enable a greater number of Kwara population to have access to qualitative healthcare.
He said there was need for a review of the assistance states render to federal agencies in the face of the persistent fall in the funds allocates to the states from the federation account stressing that it was increasingly becoming difficult for the states to render such assistance.
“Resources have been dwindling in the last four years. Unfortunately, the federal government composition of support has also been dwindling. That is why the kind of impact you expect the states to have is not seen, adding that if the complimentary funds come from the federal government, the state government would not have problem in supporting federal institutions but to the extent that state government funds cannot carry its problems would be very challenging.”