The Abia state government has launched a free home health care service for aged residents from 70-years old and above.
According to a documentary on The Osasu Show with Osasu Igbinedion, Okezie Ikpeazu, the state governor, engaged the services of care givers to go to homes in communities and render free health services to the people.
In cases where the health situation is beyond the caregivers, a nurse, simply identified as Vivian, say they call the attention of a doctor to issue expertise treatment.
The caregivers also carry out basic medical check-up like blood pressure, sugar level of the patients.
John Ahukanna, the state commissioner for health, said the initiative was born out of the desire of the government to provide “available, accessible and affordable” healthcare for Abia residents.
He said the government has also provided what he calls “intensive care unit on wheels” emergency services.
“Abia is safe, and we are going towards delivering qualitative medical care for populace, and is available, affordable and accessible,” Ahukanna said.
“It (ambulance) has everything we need to keep you alive from the point they pick you up to the point where we deliver you to the next point of care.
“Accessing this service is through the dedicated number, 112.”
On his part, Emenike Osondu, administrator of the free home health services, said nurses for the services are employed from their immediate environment for cultural and security reasons.
“Once they come in and start talking to the elderly people in their own language, they start to respond, they open up,” Osondu said.
According to him, 140 elderly persons have benefited from the service, which he says will continue.
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