The Federal Government says it offered free surgeries to 4,349 patients and screened 17, 793 Nigerians in 2016.
A statement from the health’s ministry delivered by Mrs.Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry, in Abuja said the ministry had planned to conduct 10,150 free surgeries and screenings to reduce the sufferings of poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay.
The statement also read that the ministry offered nutritional interventions to malnourished Nigerians in the North East and the programme is now improved to a project called “Health Sector Nutrition and Emergency Response’’.
According to the statement, the ministry’s programme, “Better Health for All”, would be sustained and scaled in 2017.
The ministry inaugurated the Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) Programme in July 2016, to carry out surgeries and screening of indigent Nigerians.
The programme was borne out of the plan to respond to the critical needs of the people and deliver on the mandate of promoting health with a focus on access, affordability and Demand.