By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The need to urgently intensify efforts towards providing cheap and practical solutions to the continued inability of poor and vulnerable grassroots dwellers in the country to access basic healthcare to meet common health challenges has been emphasised.
Chairman of the Kano State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samuel Adeyemo, who made this call, urged philanthropic organisations and governments at all levels to look into this.
The CAN chief noted that lack of compassionate interventions by people of means as well as poverty and ignorance among the citizens have worsened the standard of living among grassroots communities across the country.
The cleric, who doubles as the General Overseer of the Believers World Baptist Fellowship in Kano, commended the management of PreDiagnosis International for taking a bold step to address the issue.
He lauded the courage of the organisation for his grassroots telehealthcare initiative coverage to Kano State, urging others to emulate this.
“The suffering brought to majority of the citizens by lack of access to basic healthcare is really huge. The CAN Leadership in this state is, therefore, excited by this initiative of PreDiagnosis International to help the masses get basic access to healthcare.
“This is because access to qualified doctors from the comfort of wherever one can use technology is something every citizen needs in order for many health challenges to be resolved at an early stage,” the Christian leader said when officials of PDI visited him last Monday.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the PDI team, Dr John Iguve, explained that the coming of the company to Kano and adjoining states in the Northern part of the country was a step further in PDI’s commitment to making affordable healthcare services available at the doorstep of the people especially the poor and the vulnerable across Nigeria.
According to him, PDI’s operational focus was based on the determination to meet the target of delivering efficient and affordable modern healthcare to at least 20 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians between 2020 and 2030.
Dr Iguve appealed to the CAN leadership and other cadres of leadership across the state to help in spreading the news among the citizens in order for the benefits of the initiative to be fully enjoyed by the people.
“We are happy to announce that we are moving a step further in our campaign to make affordable healthcare services available at the doorstep of the people, especially the poor and the vulnerable across Nigeria. We need the community leaders at all levels to help us spread the news among our people so that everyone can benefit.
“As a semi-philanthropic hybrid health service company, PDI is determined, through our bouquet of technology-based and mass-market targeted medical services, to be at the forefront of meaningful efforts to ensure public healthcare delivery to the poor and vulnerable.
“Our decision to come and establish a strong presence in the Northern part of the country and Kano, in particular, is aimed at further opening up the frontiers to reach, rescue and fortify many more Nigerians through our modern-day Ark of telemedicine in the country,” he disclosed.
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