LASG to conduct free medical care in Ejigbo
By Felix Kuyinu
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Hon. Jide Idris, has disclosed that there would be a free medical exercise in Ejigbo for the screening and treatment of residents for common ailments such as eye and dental problems.
Idris made the notification during a programme, tagged “The Eko Mission”, stating that it is a measure aimed at improving the health status of the state’s ever increasing population and geared towards ensuring universal health coverage to the doorstep at grassroots level at no cost.
“These health missions are significant because they enable this administration to provide healthcare services to all who come irrespective of their age, gender, socio-economic status and affiliations.
“The periodic organization of the missions is meant to also compliment the normal health delivery services with the objective of addressing the pressing health issues of the rural communities in line with the government’s free health policy,” he said.
In a statement by spokesperson for the state Ministry of Health, Adeola Salako, the commissioner said that the programme would serve as alternative access to healthcare delivery especially to people at the grassroots.
“The government is continuously finding ways to improve the health status of its ever increasing population.
“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.
“The strategies adopted in implementing these policies include the introduction and provision of various programmes that have direct impact on the health outcome of Lagosians.
“These programmes are geared toward promoting health, detecting diseases early, and offering treatment and rehabilitation,” it is stated.
The commissioner however urged the residents to seek notification of the plans at the council in carrying out the program stating that it’s expected that the residents take advantage of the programme and benefit from experts’ care for common ailments and other free health services.
Echonews learnt that that services to be offered 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.