By Chioma Obinna & Rosemary Duru
At least 30,000 Lagos residents have benefited from the on going free health mission being organised by Lagosians in diaspora, in four traditional rulers’ palaces in Lagos State.
In a chat to flag off the health mission in collaboration with Eko Club International and the Lagos State Ministry of Health, at the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu 1, President of the Club, Mr. Idowu Popoola Aromire who noted that the mission tagged “Mission of Hope”to compliment the State Government’s efforts to provide affordable and accessible healthcare delivery to the grass roots.
Aromire explained that the choice of traditional rulers’ palaces was to ensure that the poor in the rural areas had access to the free health mission as well as to remind them that their people in the diaspora still have them in minds.
“The goal of the mission is to help our people and we hope to satisfy the health needs of the less privileged by forming alliance with the State government to organise free health services like this that will better their lot. We came with about 100 people from various fields. We have a team of doctors, nurses and pharmacists to ensure that the two weeks exercise is a successful one.”
The President who presented N50,000 to 29-year-old Remilekun Bodunrin, a renal failure patient, who came for the mission, said at the last mission embarked on by the Club to Lagos State, 10,000 people were attended to and 500 surgeries done.
The Health Mission held at the palace of Oba of Ojora Wednesday, 13th and Thursday, 14th October, 2010; at the palace of Oba Osolo of Isolo on Friday, 15th October, 2010; and at the Itire Ikate local council development area secretariat on Monday, 18th and Tuesday, 19th, October, 2010
The Club will also lay foundation of a N20 – million-hospital at Isolo Lagos as part of efforts to improve the health services in the state.
Coordinator of the Eko Free Health, Dr. Dolapo Fashewe said the people of Lagos State would have access to treatment of all kinds of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, free eye screening, dental care, malaria and free distribution of eye glasses amongst others.
She added that the free health mission came with medications worth millions of dollars and was an avenue for health education and promotion activities.
Speaking, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said the State government had done enough for the people, but appealed to striking doctors in the State to go back to work as government has met 80 per cent of their demands.
Former President of the Club, Mr. Tajudeeen Rasheed, said year’s mission remained the largest and most successfully since inception stressed the need for government to prioritise healthcare with a view to reducing the sufferings of the masses.