By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
The team of Eko Health Mission (EHM) is made up of competent professionals who are committed to delivering quality healthcare services .
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, gave this assurance while announcing the beginning of another round of the state’s free medical expedition programme tagged: “The Eko Health Mission.:
Eko Health Mission, he reiterated, offers free healthcare services to Lagosians.
The services the mission delivers include consultation and treatment for common ailments as well as screening for hypertension, diabetes, eye care and provision of eye glasses, dental care, family planning services, HIV counseling and testing, among others.
The ongoing round of the EHM programme began on 15th May, 2018. it will end on 31st August, 2018.
According to Idris, the medical team would be visiting selected local government and local council development areas for three days each.
The service kicked off from Ajeromi Local Government secretariat premises from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th May, 2018.
Iba Local Council Development Area secretariat premises will host the medical team on Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May, 2018.
It will be the turn of Apapa-Iganmu Local Government secretariat premises turn from Wednesday 30th to Friday 1st June, 2018 at 9.00 a.m. daily.
“Other Local Government and Local Council Development Areas to be visited during the free medical expedition programme are Oriade, Lagos-Mainland, Lekki, Ejigbo, Ikoyi Obalende, Ikosi-Isheri, Ikosi-Ejirin and Agbado-Oke Odo local government and local council development areas.”,the health commissioner said.
Explaining the rationale for embarking on the programme by the State government, he said that free health missions were embarked upon to serve as alternative source to increasing access to healthcare delivery especially to the people at the grassroots.
Said he,“the State Government is continuously finding ways to improve the health status of itever-increasing population and the plan for achieving this is based on the health policy thrust which is guided by the noble goal that every Lagosian enjoys unfettered access to qualitativehealthcare without any barrier whatsoever”.
Idris disclosed that the strategies adopted in implementing these policies includes the introduction and provision of various programs that have direct impact on the health outcome of Lagosians stressing that these programs are geared towards promoting health, detecting diseases early and offering treatment and rehabilitation.
While noting the Health Missions are short-term interventions, Idris stated that the programme is geared towards the strategic development plan of ensuring universal health coverage adding that the Missions provide services that take health care to the doorsteps of its citizens at no cost to the people.
“These health missions are significant because they enable this administration to provide healthcare services to all who come irrespective of their age, gender, socioeconomic status and affiliations”, he added.
The Commissioner noted that the periodic organization of the free health missions is meant to also compliment the normal health delivery services in the State with the objective of addressing the pressing health issues of the rural communities in line with the State government’s free health policy.
While reiterating the commitment of the State government to the wellbeing of the residents, Idris urged all residents of Lagos especially residents of areas to be visited to take advantage of the programme and benefit from expert care for common ailments and other free health services including provision free medications, eye glasses and health talk on good oral, personal and environmental hygiene and many more.
By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos