By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed determination to ensure the well being of residents, the Lagos State Government has said it is set to commence another round of its free medical expedition programme tagged ‘The Eko Health Mission’ which offers free health services to residents.
The programme also 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 amongst others.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris in a press statement released over the weekend noted that the Eko Health Mission programme will hold between the 15th of May and the 31st of August, 2018 visiting selected local government and local council development areas of the State.
Idris added that the medical mission team will be visiting selected local government and local council development areas for three days each starting from Ajeromi Local Government Secretariat Premises on Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th May, 2018; Iba Local Council Development Secretariat Premises on Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May, 2018 and Apapa-Ignamu Local Government Secretariat Premises on Wednesday 30th May to Friday 1st of June, 2018 at 9am 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.”, he said.
Explaining the rationale for embarking on the programme by the State government, the Commissioner said 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 its ever-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 qualitative healthcare 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 of free medications, eye glasses and health talk on good oral, personal and environmental hygiene and many more.
The Commissioner noted that the medical teams providing these services are competent professionals committed to ensuring that the mandate of the state government is fully realized.