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Nigeria at 59: Edo Specialist Hospital Offers Free Medical Service for Elderly

…Obaseki calls for collective effort to rebuild nation.

By Lucky Isibor,

As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary and the International Older Persons Day, the Edo Specialist Hospital would throw its doors open for persons above 60 years old in the state to undertake free medical checks at the state-of-the-art facility.

The Edo Specialist Hospital was recently opened to the public after minor repairs, to serve as a reference hospital in the state, providing highly-sought-after medical services with its state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled personnel.

The International Older persons Day is commemorated by the United Nations and its sister agencies on October 1, every year.

In a statement by its management, the hospital said the free medical check-up would commence from 9 am to 2 pm, and would be open to senior citizens, including retirees and those about to retire in the state.

According to the management, the hospital will be open for free medical check-up for senior citizens, which provides an opportunity for this group of people to access medical check-up in the hospital facility without registration.

Some of the services on offer to mark the International Day for Older Persons include consultancy, counselling, screening for hypertension and diabetes, among others.

The hospital’s management added that necessary arrangements have been concluded for the exercise, which is part of its way of fulfilling its corporate social responsibility in the community.

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Meanwhile the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for collective effort among Nigerians, regardless of ethnic, religious and political leanings, to build a progressive country, as the nation marks her 59th Independence anniversary.

In a statement, the governor said as Nigerians celebrate the memorable day, the state government and its people are fired up by “a common determination to work together as a people to build this country into a strong, formidable and prosperous nation.”

While rekindling the people’s hope in Nigeria, Obaseki said, “On this auspicious day, I congratulate fellow countrymen on the landmark attainment on October 1, 1960, the day we acquired the right to chart the course of our destiny on our own terms.

“Today, our belief in the Nigerian nation has not waned. Instead, we are encouraged by our common determination to work together as a people to build this country into a strong, formidable and prosperous nation.”

The governor stressed that what bind Nigerians together is more than what some may perceive as what divide us as a people.

“There may be disagreements and issues that may challenge our faith in our dear country, but it is undeniable that we have more ties that bind us together and we must not succumb to the discordant tunes that may threaten our corporate existence.”

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In Edo State, we are re-enacting the legacies of our past heroes who had at one time or the other set the state on the path of progress with their noble legacies. We are therefore dedicated to the goal of ensuring that we have a state that has the full complement of infrastructure, policies and other amenities to provide the people with the right environment to live fruitful, prosperous lives,” he added.

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