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Medical missions guide Lagos in health policy formulation

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 health  mission in Surulere area of  Lagos.

Speaking during the flag-off of the programme, State Commissioner for Health,  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 and  that through the analysis,  government had been able to tackle  major health issues.

He pointed out that  the first  medical mission held at Ibeju-Lekki  in collaboration with the Association of  Nigeria Physician Abroad, ANPA informed the sitting of the General Hospital at Ibeju Lekki.

“The subsequent missions in other areas of the state with its attendant data on dwindling maternal and child rate informed the State’s health policy on maternal and child mortality reduction as well as  the construction of the Maternal and Childcare Centres in strategic locations in the State.”

Idris said “The  free health  mission provides free consultation and treatment of various ailments including surgeries, guides the formulation and implementation of the state health policy.  It also serves as avenue for capacity building for its health workforce. These  missions are use as a tool for health education, sensitization and promotion for its teeming population.”

“ 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.”

He commended  Edensfield Health Foundation, EHF,  for collaborating with the State government to bring succor to the hearts of the down  trodden and  expressed profound gratitude to the ‘Moses Lake Medical Team’ 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.


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