The Federal Ministry of Health through the University College Hospital (UCH) has, on Monday, donated an ultra-modern medical centre to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Iseyin, Oyo State.
While commissioning the new medical centre, the Director General of the National Youth and Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated that the project was in line with the NYSC commitment towards ensuring better health care services for corps members as well as offering host communities health services through the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme.
Brigadier General Ibrahim also explained that the medical centre is the first of standard medical facilities to be constructed in all orientation camps across the country.
The NYSC DG further disclosed that in addition to providing health services for corps members and staff of the NYSC scheme, the new medical centre would also serve as training grounds and practical learning opportunity for corps members in medical-related fields.
Similarly, Professor Abiodun Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, said the medical centre was created out of the idea to build one in every state of the federation.
While adding that he was glad about the completion of the project, he further explained that Oyo State was selected among the six states picked in each geopolitical zones as pilot centres for the project.
Oyo State NYSC state coordinator, Mrs Grace Ogbuogebe, also expressed her excitement with the new medical centre,and affirmed that the clinic would go a long way in improving the health care services for corps members and camp officials during orientation programmes.
“The provision of this ultra-modern medical centre has enhanced our capacity to accommodate more corps members in subsequent orientation programmes as plans are now in motion to convert the former clinic to hostel blocks,” she added.