By EBELE ONUORAH

As another round of Eko Free Health Mission commenced Monday in Lagos, the State government has said that the programme has impacted positively on less privileged Lagosians.

Meanwhile no fewer than 25,000 Lagosians are expected to benefit from the on going round of the health mission holding at Oshodi Isolo local government secretariat.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris while reviewing the exercise in the state said the health mission was introduced in the quest to find ways to take health care to the grassroots and under-served areas of the state.

Stating that the health mission was a comprehensive health care initiative that covers primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention, Idris said it was particularly significant because it assists the government in its efforts at bringing, to the barest minimum, the number of untimely deaths in the State particularly as the beneficiaries of the programme include the most vulnerable members of the population at the grassroots like the elderly, children, youth and pregnant women who are prone to infections and other maternal and child health-related diseases

Giving insight into the mission, the Commissioner stated that the periodic organisation of the medical missions was meant to also compliment the normal healthcare delivery services in the state.

His words, “The objective is to address the pressing health issues of the rural communities in the state in line with the state government’s free health policy and the health sector reform as part of an overall efforts geared towards tackling the challenges in the health sector.”

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