No fewer than 12,753 residents of six local government areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs) of Lagos State benefited from its ongoing health mission programme.
The programme is a medical intervention sponsored by the Lagos State Government to provide free healthcare services to residents of Lagos across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs of the state.
Residents of the areas were screened and managed for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Common ailments such as eye diseases and dental problems were managed.
The programme also offered antenatal care services as well as family planning services to persons of reproductive age, HIV screening and counseling sessions.
Expressing appreciation on the initiative, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, Mrs. Aishat Adeleye, who was screened and managed for hypertension said that the intervention is a form of succor especially to poor residents who cannot afford the cost of accessing medical care at health facilities.
“With initial doubts in my mind, I came here after I heard about the programme from my neighbor, but I was amazed at the level of coordination I saw here. I was ushered well to the section where I was attended to and got my medications at no cost.”
Another beneficiary, Mr Chidozie Onyewuchi, who was seen and treated at the Dental Unit gave kudos to the team of medical personnel who attended to him.
He stated that the relief that came with extraction of his tooth was awesome.
For Alhaji Niniola Muyideen, a 65 year old beneficiary who was treated at the General Out-patient department for complaints of body and joint aches stated that the free health services offered by the state government could not have come at a better time than now when the cost of accessing care is very high.
He noted that the initiative of reaching out to the people at the grassroots, especially the poor and downtrodden by the state government has shown that the present administration has a human face and feels the pain of the masses.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who spoke to newsmen on the importance of the programme noted that the State Government is continuously finding ways to improve the health status of its ever-increasing population, adding that the plan for achieving this was based on the Health Policy Thrust of the State which is guided by the noble goal that every Lagosian enjoys unfettered access to qualitative healthcare without any barrier whatsoever.