Lagos commences free health screening

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Fola Adeyemi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs) Titilayo Goncalves; Executive Director, Healthcare Mission International, Mrs. Nike Osa and Permanent Secretary, Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Tayo Lawal, during a press briefing on free 1-month medical intervention for children in Lagos by Healthcare Mission International at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

About 21,000 Children in Lagos State between the ages of zero to twelve years are to benefit from the free Health service in Lagos in the next six days, starting from today.

This comes following a partnership forged between the Lagos State government and a Non Governmental Organisation, Healthcare Mission International.

Speaking to the journalists at a press briefing, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Titilayo Goncalves said that the mission was fixed during long vacation of students to allow for maximum participation.

She stated that about 100,000 people are expected to be captured during the exercise while ailments such as cough, eye test, Diabetes, Hearing impairment, among other surgeries, would also be conducted.

According to her “the exercise is part of the state government’s efforts to improve healthcare among residents and complement various programmes put in place to promote healthy living among them.

And the six day exercise would take place in seven primary healthcare centres across the state including Lagos Island, Surulere, Badagry, Alimosho, Epe, Ikeja and Ikorodu.”

Medical Awareness
Also, the Permanent Secretary, State Primary Health Board, Dr Tayo Lawal, said that no fewer than 1,000 people would be attended to on a daily basis.

Lawal who thanked the Healthcare Mission International for the gesture said that the project was an avenue to create medical awareness among the residents of the state.

Screening process
The Executive Director, Healthcare Mission International, Nike Osa, who mentioned that the main beneficiaries are children, however explained that adults would also be given health talks and screen for Tuberculosis and HIV.

Osa stressed that children are the most valuable asset and parents and caregivers must avail their children the opportunity of the free health mission.

“The effort was necessitated by the belief to assist the less privileged in area of medical challenges, though children were the prime target of the programme, adults would be given health talks and screened for tuberculosis and HIV and those found to be positive will be managed using the established channel of treatment of these illnesses,” she said.

She mentioned that the exercise was an innovative programme meant to help children to be healthy and prepare them for their roles as future leaders.