By Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale
Data gathered from the Eko Free Health Mission of the Lagos State government is guiding its guided health policy formulation in the State, even as not less lass than 3,300 residents benefitted from the ongoing healthÂ mission in Surulere area ofÂ Lagos.
Speaking during the flag-off of the programme, State Commissioner for Health,Â Dr. Jide Idris, said such data was helping to formulate various health policies to the benefit of the realisation of the overall objectives of qualitative and affordable healthcare services to the citizenry.
Idris noted that the analysis of the collated data usually helped the government to take informed decision on how to tackle the various health challenges confronting residents of the state andÂ that through the analysis,Â government had been able to tackleÂ major health issues.
He pointed out thatÂ the firstÂ medical mission held at Ibeju-LekkiÂ in collaboration with the Association ofÂ Nigeria Physician Abroad, ANPA informed the sitting of the General Hospital at Ibeju Lekki.
â€œThe subsequent missions in other areas of the state with its attendant data on dwindling maternal and child rate informed the Stateâ€™s health policy on maternal and child mortality reduction as well asÂ the construction of the Maternal and Childcare Centres in strategic locations in the State.â€
Idris said â€œTheÂ free healthÂ mission provides free consultation and treatment of various ailments including surgeries, guides the formulation and implementation of the state health policy.Â It also serves as avenue for capacity building for its health workforce. TheseÂ missions are use as a tool for health education, sensitization and promotion for its teeming population.â€
â€œ Over 3,300 people of different ages and problems have benefitted from basic surgeries, including eye surgery, general consultation and dental treatment taking place in Surulere. Of this number, 1,200 patients were seen at the dental clinic, 639 patients were screened for eye cases with 400 eye glasses given and 120 patients were seen for antenatal care.â€
He commendedÂ Edensfield Health Foundation, EHF,Â for collaborating with the State government to bring succor to the hearts of the downÂ trodden andÂ expressed profound gratitude to the â€˜Moses Lake Medical Teamâ€™ for it selfless service to the State and urged the people of the area to always make use of the Primary Healthcare Centers, PHC in their area after the mission, stating that these PHCs were accessible to them at any time of the day.
Dr Allan Rolf, Surgeon, Moses Lakes, US commended the Lagos state government for organizing the free health mission to reach out to the poor as well as save many lives
Pastor Ituah Igbodalo, Chairman, Edensfield Foundation said that it was a dream come true to help people not to lose their lives to avoidable deaths.