Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, APHPN, in Kwara State, Dr Adekunle Salaudeen,‎ has called on drug companies to assist them with free medical services in rural areas.
Salaudeen stated this at Agbeku in Ifelodun Local Government Area during a free medical outreach by the association. He said “funding is the greatest challenge facing the association.”
He noted that they are faced with financial constraints, as cost of drugs and other health facilities are being funded by members of the association.
According to him, “We rely on contributions from members, if we have drug companies and philanthropists assisting us, it will help us take our free medical health services to every nook and cranny of Nigeria.”
He added that Nigeria being a tropical region, most of the common diseases in these communities are malaria and hypertension, as well as arthritis which are common ailments for the old. “APHPN targets the whole community during the exercise,” he added.
Also speaking, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at the University of Ilorin, Dr Lukman Olayaki, explained that the community has only one health centre which caters for their primary health needs.
“The community has a programme where a certain amount is budgeted and used to buy equipment and renovation of the health centre, however our major challenge is funding as even the road to this place was graded by the community to make it accessible,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Oba of Agbeku, Alhaji Abdullateef Agboola, commended the physicians and called on well meaning Nigerians to assist the humanitarian activities of the group.

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