Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has vowed to sustain the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) project across Nigeria.
He stated this on Tuesday during the flag off of the 2016 HIRD project in Gida Mai Akuya community of Lafia local government area of Nasarawa state.
In his address, Kazaure represented by the Nasarawa state coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Habiba Bappah said that the initiative which was conceived two years ago and now gained acceptance has come to stay for the benefit of rural dwellers across the country.
He added that the initiative designed to address the health challenges of Nigerians in the grassroots will forge for further collaboration with more organizations to lay a solid foundation of its long term sustainability.
“We want to acknowledge the support we enjoyed from our various partners. It is our hope that this initiative will endure and be sustained for the benefit of all,” He said.
The Director General then expressed gratitude to host communities where the initiative was been implemented for coming out en masse to benefit from the NYSC free health initiative.
“I am grateful to members of selected communities for opening their doors for us and availing themselves for consultation, diagnosis, treatment and possible referral if need be,” He added.
In a remark, Mrs Habiba Bappah, Nasarawa State Coordinator of NYSC said NYSC embarked on the initiative because it wanted its impact to be fully felt in the rural areas across the country.
“Our corps medical personnel are expected to come to the local government especially the hinterlands and offer free medical health care. This is the first phase.
“As we move along, our impact will be felt in all the local governments across the state,” She said.
She then appealed to the state government for more support to sustain the initiative in the state and also urged residents of the state to come out en masse whenever NYSC brings the initiative to their various communities.
In his introductory remarks, Mr Haruna Atise, NYSC Zonal Inspector in Charge of Lafia said the community was carefully selected because of the long distance from the city center and the impossibility to access quick health service when needed.
Mallam Usman Magaji, District Head of the host community, Gidan Mai Akuya in his vote of thanks expressed gratitude to NYSC for choosing his community to kick start the 2016 HIRD initiative in the state.
Magaji represented by Mallam Abubakar Mamman then vowed to ensure that all Corps members posted to his community are well taken care of and well protected from any harm for a memorable service year.
Mr Mohammed Sani, a resident of Gidan Mai Akuya who benefited from the free health initiative expressed gratitude to God and NYSC for coming to the aid of the people in the community and hoped the initiative would be a continuous one.