Undoubtedly, giving back to the society is an act that is done voluntarily without any influence from any where. Giving back to the society, particularly to the less privileged has remained a thing of honour and not only to show appreciation but also to contribute to the development and growth of the nation as well as better the lives of the not super rich in the society.
These facts were evident last Saturday when thousands of Lagosains trooped out to benefit from a free medical mission exercise organised by internationally accredited medical laboratory, PathCare in collaboration with Classic FM through its Radio Health Education programme, “Doctors on Air.”
Ordinarily, accessing healthcare from such a highbrow medical laboratory and 19 other medical outfits who were prominent at the mission held at St George’s Boys School Falomo, Ikoyi could only be accessed by the super rich.
But having recognised the inability of some Nigerians to access care in such top high places even though, they would have loved to, if they have the resources decided to open their doors to give opportunity to these Nigerians to also benefit from their expertise as well as supplement the healthcare services that exist for the underprivileged through the exercises tagged; “The Doctors on Air Medical Mission.”
Organisations that offered their services free of charge at the event included Chike Okoli Foundation, Paelon Clinic,Obalende Primary Health Centre, National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP) Renaissance Medical Centre and Lagos State Ministry of Health among others.
Project Coordinator, Ms. Folake Soetan, noted that the Mission, which is the first in the series offered services such as free kidney screening, blood sugar, heart, teeth and eyes check.
Other activities included free cervical cancer, prostate cancer, Breast cancer, Hepatitis tests, hypertension, HIV, paediatric deworming, visual and hearing tests. The beneficiaries were also given free treatments, drugs, treated bed nets, eye glasses.
In a chat with Vanguard, the Managing Director, PathCare and the Anchor of ‘Doctors on Air”, Dr. Pamela Ajayi who said the exercise was informed by the need to improve health care services available to the poor and ensure that only top doctors and organisations known for quality services are involved in providing care to the less privileged.
She said Doctors on air is a health education show established to empower people through knowledge of health so that they can take control of their body and keep healthy’.
Ajayi noted that the actual focus of the mission was to promote preventive healthcare by letting people know the symptoms early and deal with them early.
“One of the problems that we have in Nigeria is often people coming to the hospital too late and this is one of our focuses on Doctors on Air . We give them that education, we let them know what the symptoms are, know what they problems are and let them know that some of these things are actually emergencies.
Yes, we do comprehensive screening at PathCare but it is not everybody who can afford it and obviously everybody wants to benefit from top level high quality facilities. So with Classic FM we came together to form this medical mission. All the doctors are also doctors who have participated in the Doctors on air programme”.
Representative of the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, a Consultant Public Health Physician, Dr. Omowumi Bakare who pledged the support of the state government noted that such missions help the government in picking up data for planning and development.
Encouraging more organisations to support the exercise, Bakare acknowledged that data collection and management has remained a big challenge in the healthcare system.