A Consultant Family Physician with the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna, Dr. Paul Odumu has appealed to the UN, Governments, National and International Organizations to provide grants for the rural NGOs to ensure individuals and Communities receive health services without suffering financial hardships.
Dr. Paul Odumu made the appeal in an interview with newsmen as part of efforts to mark the 70th world Health Day with the theme “Universal Health Coverage” in Kaduna State Nigeria.
The Consultant Family Physician said with COVID-19 Pandemic, cost of accessing healthcare has increased as poverty worsened among rural dwellers, hence the need to protect them from the financial consequences of paying for health care services from their pocket to reduce the risk of pushing them into extreme poverty.
Dr. Paul, who is also the CEO, Odumehaje Christian Medical Mission, OCMM, emphasized the need for healthcare volunteers to be given recognition and support, noting that effective universal health coverage requires competent health workers with optimum skills at community and facility levels.
According to him, increased awareness of the multi-facets of healthcare and disease prevention remain key to accessing health Care by everyone everywhere as outlined by the WHO.
The Health Philanthropist and recipient of multiple awards for humanitarian service had for the past 14 years embarked on series of free medical missions and surgical outreaches where not less than 300,000 lives across the country have benefitted from the interventions.
He called for support from the UN to strengthen the capacity of volunteers, rural health workers, Nonprofit Organizations and other Philanthropists to ensure the set goals and objectives were achieved.
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