The National Youth Service Corps has said that it will intensify efforts to continue and sustain the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme until the initiative is well established and owned by many rural communities in the country.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Sule Zakari Kazaure, in a statement by the NYSC Lagos Public Relations Officer, Belinda Faniyi, said the free medical programme had, since its inauguration 45 years ago, mobilised medical corps volunteers to provide health service to many rural dwellers across the country.
Kazaure added that the managers of the scheme were prepared to leverage the human resource at the scheme’s disposal to improve the quality of life of Nigerians.
He said this while inaugurating the 2016 nationwide health week under the corps’ HIRD in rural communities in Lagos and Ogun states.
He explained that the health initiative, which commenced two years ago, was aimed at bringing quality medical service to the people in rural communities in the country.
He said, “The NYSC scheme in the past 43 years has not relented in ensuring that its mandate is vigorously pursued, thereby making meaningful impact on the lives of their host communities.
“Against this backdrop, the goal of the HIRD programme is to mobilise corps medical volunteers in the provision of health intervention through diagnosis, treatment, referrals and proper preventive mechanism, thereby enhancing the general well-being of rural dwellers across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.”
Represented by the Director of Community Development Service and Special Projects, Mrs. Rhoda Kwaki, Kazaure noted that the initiative has not only become a reality; it has gained national acceptance.
He, however, remarked that the health initiative, which was going on simultaneously in selected rural communities in the country, would harness the youthfulness, strength, skill and the potential of corps members for sustainability of the programme.