MORE THAN 21,000 CHILDREN IN LAGOS STATE TO BENEFIT FROM FREE HEALTH CARE AND SURGERIES.
Written by tobi adejare on August 1, 2019
More than twenty one thousand Children between the ages of zero to twelve years are to benefit from free Health care services in the next six days in Lagos State.
The free healthcare mission which will take place in seven Primary Health Centres, PHC, is courtesy of the Lagos State Government in partnership with an NGO, Healthcare Mission International.
At a News briefing at Alausa, Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, explained that the mission was fixed during the long holidays to ensure maximum participation of children who are the target audience and listed ailments to be treated to include Common diseases such as cough, eye test, Diabetes, Hearing impairment, while screening would be conducted to ascertain those in need of surgeries .
The Executive Director, Healthcare Mission International, Mrs Nike Osa, said though the main beneficiaries are Children, adults would also be given health talks and screened for Tuberculosis and HIV.
Mrs Osa who stated that Children are the most valuable natural resources urged Parents and Caregivers to take advantage of the free services.
She emphasized that the health mission would be a periodical one and urged beneficiaries to make use of established channel of treatment of illnesses discovered during the process.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Healthcare Board, Dr. Tayo Lawal said the relevant staff in the designated PHCs have been trained to ensure the smooth conduct of the exercise.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Mr Fola Adeyemi assured that all security measures have been put in place to control crowd and ensure hitch-free exercise in all the centres.
The seven PHC, designated for the free Health mission are Ajara PHC in Badagry, Akerele PHC in Surulere, Ikotun PHC in Alimosho, Iga Iduganran PHC on Lagos Island, Epe PHC, Onigbongbo in Ikeja and Ita-Elewa in Ikorodu.