By Olasunkanmi Akoni
At least 20,000 people are to benefit from the Eko free health services as it commenced another round of the programme Monday.
The free health services, sponsored by the Lagos State Government, include dental, general surgeries and eye surgeries.
Also, the recently procured, â€œthe Field hospitalâ€ would be deployed to further compliment the objective of ensuring the accessibility of qualitative health care to the people of the state at no cost to the beneficiaries.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who disclosed this, weekend, said the Eko Free Health Mission would be held at Badore Primary School, Ajah in the Eti-Osa Local Council Development Area of the stateÂ between today and Friday, October 2, 2009 beginning from 8 a.m. daily.
He said the quest to find ways to take health care to the grassroots and under-served areas of the state led to the introduction of the Eko Free Health Mission, adding that the Mission was a comprehensive heath care initiative that covers primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.
Idris said the Mission was significant because it would assist the state government in its efforts to bring to the barest minimum, the number of untimely death in the state particularly as the beneficiaries of the programme include the elderly, children, youth and pregnant women who are prone to infections and other related diseases related to maternal and child health.
The commissioner added that the mission would also supplement the state governmentâ€™s formal health structures at the grassroots level as well as provide alternative avenues of providing secondary medical care to the ailing within its time frame of operation.
He said to sustain and improve on the initiative, government was partnering with Health and Mission International, a Non-Governmental Organisation, to conduct a bulk purchase of health programme whereby free health care would be taken to the doorsteps of the citizenry at no cost to them.
Idris stressed that similar missions had also been undertaken at Alimosho, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Badagry, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ikorodu and Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Governments among others where over 250,000 people benefitted from screening and various forms of surgical interventions.