By Francis Nansak
The plateau state government has pledged to continue to provide an enabling environment and encouragements for the provision and expansion of health care delivery institutions across the state so as to enable them cater for the healthcare needs of the people.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong made the pledged during the official flag-off of free health care services and the commissioning of ultra-modern Lamingo Medical centre in Jos during the week.
Represented by the Head of Services of the State Engr. Sunday Hyat, Governor Lalong re-assured that his administration is determined to make the state a hub of medical tourism given its friendly weather that guarantees speedy healing as well as the availability of medical experts and equipments.
He re-stated that the state government would continue to partner with all willing investors and experts wishing to invest and contribute to the growth and establishment of health care delivery institutions in the state.
The Governor who was highly elated with the efforts of the proprietor of the Lamingo Medical Centre described the efforts as highly patriotic and humanitarian especially that healthcare services were specifically meant to provide succor to the people.
He therefore tasked all the well-meaning or well to do citizens of the state to emulate what he described as “giant strides and patriotic efforts so that collectively the state can become a hub in medical service delivery in the country and even beyond.
On the free medical services undertaking by the hospital, the governor described the gesture as quite remarkable especially that the major beneficiaries are people of low income status or indigents.
Earlier, the Medical Director of the centre Dr. Joshua Ndom Giyan has stated that the centre was adequately designed to provide a functional and qualitative health care services to the people especially that it would be provided with most modern states of the arts and health care equipments for the detection of at ailments and researches.
Giyan further disclosed that medical experts from within and outside the community would be engaged to work in the hospital while quality drugs and all other forums of medical care would be provided to the patients.
He stated that the arm of establishing the centre is to ensure that all forms of medical tourism abroad were cub to the beeriest minimum as the centre was prepared to provide all that those involved in going out seek for medical attention are seeking for outside.
The Medical Director who expressed the delight with the support and encouragements demonstrated by the state’s government assured his determinations to continue to partner with it especially now that it has also keyed into its health insurance scheme.
Speaking about the free medical outreach conducted by the centre, the Medical Director stated that it was targeted to benefit particularly the vulnerable or indigent members of the society and the focus are on Hepatitis, Malaria, High blood pressure screening among others.
Meanwhile, some of the patients interviewed expressed their delight with the medical support provided them by the centre and pledged their patronage in returns.
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