The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Yushau Ahmed, has said for development to occur in any society, the people must have access to proper health care to stay fit and healthy to operate.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the flag-off ceremony of the NYSC Special Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), he said it was unfortunate that most people in the rural areas lacked access to proper health care.
Represented by the Director, Ventures Department of the scheme, Prince Mohammed Momoh, he said the health initiative was brought to the doorstep of the people so that they could have access to free and proper health care.
According to him, the scheme partners with various stakeholders in the health care sector to mobilize and deploy the expertise of corps medical personnel such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and laboratory scientists among others for the initiative.
On her part, the Director, Community Development Service and Special Projects (CDS and SP), Hajiya Zainab Isah, affirmed that thousands of people from various rural areas across the country have benefitted from the initiative.
Speaking to journalists, the Etsu of Piwoyi, Mr Tanko Lazarus Bahago, said the only clinic in the community had only one bed and no health care personnel to attend to the people mostly farmers, hence the need for the government to help in upgrading it.