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Desmond Elliot Provides Health Insurance For Constituents


Kehinde Adeleye

The lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Desmond Olusola Elliot, has commenced a health insurance scheme for the aged in the area.

Elliot initiated the scheme on Sunday to mark his birthday and distributed 500 free UTME forms to potential candidates.

The insurance program, which initially helped 700 individuals, provides free medication for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and offers services like physiotherapy, laboratory tests, and anti-malaria treatment.

The event took place in partnership with Toptree Medical Centre at the Surulere Local Government Council secretariat.

Additionally, Elliot emphasized that the distribution of UTME forms aims to promote enrollment in tertiary education and enhance literacy levels within the constituency.

“Well, the focus of today is for our elderly in Surulere. For the past two years, we have been doing the Health Insurance Scheme.

“We started with 300 elderly people and last year we did 500.
This year we are moving up to 1000 but for today we have counted about 700 presently.

“The idea is for us to help the elderly because mostly, they don’t suffer from malaria and thyroid alone as much diabetes, high blood pressure and others.

“So the health insurance scheme is to have coverage which will cover for diabetes management, physiotherapy, among others.
We have about seven illnesses that are common with the elderly,” he said.

Concerning the UTME forms, he said the beneficiaries are those who have passed WASC examination.

“However, coming here we are seeing more people and we will accommodate them as well.

“All these are part of my birthday to thank God for sparing my life and my family. My wife and I just survived a major fire incident about 10 days ago.

“We will not relent in giving back to the constituents that have called us to serve them.

“We appreciate God that everybody came out alive and everything is fine and to God be the glory. I thanked God for Hon. Faud Laguda who came out victorious in the Surulere Federal House of Representatives by-election that was held on Saturday.

“We can assure residents of Surulere that his representation will be top-notch.
Our Chief of Staff who is our leader in Surulere is still with us to give us adequate guidance and help us through.

“Basically, we are adding more in terms of the dividends of democracy. If you recall, two weeks ago we were here and we gave out food items to over 700 widows and two cars to the youth. We will soon have the Femi Gbajabiamila Under-16 Football Competition through which we would preach against drug abuse, rape and cultism.

“We will be going to each school around Surulere. I will be going with celebrities as well.
This effort is for us to also reach out to the younger generation,” he said.