By GABRIEL OLAWALE
IBUKUN Olaniyi who lost her husband to kidney disease six years ago, has been a benefciary, along with her two sons and daughter, in the free healthcare programmes offer in Dopemu at Alimosho Local Government Area,Lagos.
“Enjoying free healthcare in Alimosho is not new to us. Initially, we were patronising the Primary Health Centre at Vucanizer Bus Stop, but due to overcrowding, we have remained focused on free healthcare programmes organised in this area,” she recounted.
Ibukun was among hundreds of residents who lined up in the early morning hours at Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State to benefit from the free medical mission organised by Westfield Development Initiative, WDI in commemoration of the 2014 World Malaria Day.
Executive Director, WDI, Mrs. Omobola Lana said the initiative is aimed at deploying resources to spread the message of malaria prevention and help close the gaps in treatment.
“WDI is a non-governmental organisation with a mission to improve wellness and access to healthcare. Our major focus is on people with low income earners as well as the less privileged once.” She added. They also use the avenue to emphasised the important of routine health checks in preventing various diseases while participant which comprise of both young and old are screened for hypertension, diabetes, malaria testing and treatment with free Insecticide Treated Nets, Children’s tonic was also made available.
Lana regretted that despite investment and advancement in malaria research and rollback efforts, the challenges still remain.
“As a way of giving back to the community and part of our commitment towards malaria eradication, WDI is set to unveil its Malaria Centre at Diamond Estate here in Alimosho LGA where people can go for counseling and treatment free of charge.”