By Chioma Obinna
No fewer than 7,000 indigent persons in Lagos have benefited from the on -going free health mission organised for residents of Makoko area of the State.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who disclosed this while addressing beneficiaries of the programme organised in collaboration Hospitals for Humanity said the mission is targeted to treat the 12,000 people living in the community.
Idris said the mission which lasted August 4-7, 2010, would ensure that every participants at the venue is attended to irrespective of the nature of their medical cases.
â€œThe programme would offer medical services for dental problems, ante natal, HIV/AIDS screening, free eye screening amongst others.
Idris, however explained why surgery cases were not included as part of the on -going programme saying, â€œIt was in order not to jeopardize peopleâ€™s health life since the facilities were not available around the area.â€
His words, â€œwe are only dealing with primary healthcare. We cannot do surgery here because there are no standard equipment around here for surgeries but that does not mean we cannot treat all cases. The ones we cannot treat here will be referred to the general hospitals.â€
He further encouraged resident s of the area to always visits health centres in the area as most of the programmes have been incorporated into the primary health centres.
Also speaking the spokesman of the US- based organization, Hospitals for Humanity, Dr. segun Ajayi said the team was attracted to Nigeria following BBCâ€™s documentary on Makoko, which he noted was so pathetic.
Ajayi said their coming and participation in the free health mission was for needs assessments of the area.
Coordinator of the Programme, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, who described Hospitals for Humanityâ€™s participation in the programme as a good compliment said disclosed that 6000 people have been screened for HIV/AIDS and only few numbers are positive.
The Local Council Development Area, Chairman, Mr. Olajide Jimoh, commended the State Government for bringing healthcare to the grassroots.