One of the biggest
challenges facing women and children in Nigeria is access to good healthcare services, wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has said. Her realisation of this challenge spurred her pet project: “Future Assured,” an advocacy initiative towards improved health and promotion of health status of the vulnerable and marginalised section of the Nigerian populace.
Mrs Buhari does not see any other better time to impact on the lives of the less priviledged and vulnerable in the society than now, a reason she said her office would welcome initiatives, foreign and local that would promote easy access to medicare for children and women.
She believes that wives of state governors across the Nigerian nation, in their little way, can also assist to take help to those who need it most, noting that they are in a vintage position to influence change in the ‘health sector particularly that of women and children in their respective states.
Following her avowed commitment to support all efforts aimed at improving the health of women and children as well as their living standard, Her Excellency, Aisha Buhari was at Calabar, Cross Rivers State, penultimate week where she commissioned primary healthcare centres in Ikom, launched her pet project “Future Assured” and kick-started the maternal-newborn and child week at Ikom township stadium.
While at Calabar, Mrs Buhari launched the Mediatrix development initaitve, a pet project of Dr Linda Ayade, wife of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
She reiterated her commitment to uplifting the lives of women and children in Nigeria. In her words “I am at the forefront of the fight against maternal and infant mortality.”
The “Future Assured” project of the first lady is expected to join force with the Mediatrix Foundation of the first lady of Cross River State, Dr Linda Ayade to compliment Cross River’s robust health and social welfare programmes such as “Project Hope,” a health scheme which affords medical services to women and children at no cost.
Do not forget that Her Excellency, Aisha Buhari, was also in Birnin Kebbi earlier in the year to flag off maternal, Newborn and Child week where she also highlighted her “Future Assured” Project just to model all other health initiatives undertaken in recent times where free health screenings are made available.
Just yesterday, a replay of what happened during her visit to Enugu State, where over 2000 (two thousand) women were screened of various ailments was recorded in Ibadan.
Mrs Buhari who said she was in Ibadan to introduce her programme on women and children health screening initiative, described breast and cervical cancer, blood pressure, diabetes and malaria as major killer diseases across the globe that could be prevented or managed through regular checks.
She said the screening had become necessary to enable beneficiaries know their health status early and improve their health, pointing out that her intention is to replicate the programme in all the states of the federatin so that women and children could have access to free medical screening.
Mrs Buhari enjoined all hands to be on deck in the fight against the ailments that severely affect women which include cervical and breast cancer, diabetes hypertension etc.
The wife of the President’s ‘Future Assured’ project is indeed a well-being advocacy programme for women and children. Apart from giving free screening exercise to women and children on varying health matters, it also provides free on-the-spot treatment for women diagnosed with early cervical cancer signs and drugs for my other ailment so diagnosed, while referrals are made for patients who need it to the state owned tertiary health facility for further treatment if required.
Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Salisu Adetunji, commended the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari , over her choice of Ibadan as the centre to launch her health initiative in the South West zone.
Oba Salisu made the commendation Wednesday, in Ibadan, when the first lady visited his palace, to inform him of a progamme to screen 2,500 women for cancer, diabetes, blood pressure and malaria through her pet project, “Future Assured.”