By Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale
Contrary to speculations that the free health programme of the Lagos State government is to score cheap political points, the Lagos State Government Tuesday explained the rationale behind its Eko free health mission, saying: â€œIt is all about ensuring that Nigerians have right to good health services.â€
State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Â Jide Idris, who explained the rationale at a press conference to announce the Surulere Local Government Eko Free Health Mission billed for Monday, 12 AprilÂ through Friday, 17 April, 2010 said health was considered as a right and that every Lagosian had right to health services.
According to him, â€œwe have designed these missions to ensure that Lagosains, whether poor or rich, have access to healthcare. It is not a political weapon but we consider health as a right that all Lagosains and Nigerians as a whole must have.â€
Idris explained that the Eko Free Health Mission was decentralised to ensure that local government areas were involved in the programme as well as address pressing health issues of the rural communities in the state in line with free health policy of the government.
On the Surulere health mission, in collaboration with Edensfield Health Foundation, the Commissioner said the mission would continue to compliment the normal health delivery services in the state, adding that the last mission in Agege Local Government attracted no fewer than 30,000 patients.