By CHIOMA OBINNA

From left; Vice Chairman, Somolu Local govt., Mr Abiodun Orekoya, Cordinator, Eko free Health Mission, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris and Executive Chairman, Somolu Local Government, Honourable Omogbolahan Bago-Stowe at the flag-off of the Mission in Somolu last week.

AT least 300 medical workers consisting of medical doctors, pharmacist, nurses, nutritionist, health educators and laboratory scientists are engaged in the on-going 24th free Medical Mission at Somolu, Somolu local government area.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who made this known during a tour of the mission site noted: “We are combining virtually all our health programmes within this mission. We are doing eye screening, dental screening, hypertension and diabetes screening especially for the elderly; we are also screening our school children under the school health programme unit. The nutrition clinic screens our children and elderly for malnutrition and those found malnourished are being taken care of.”

Idris noted also that public health education to enlighten the people on basic healthy living techniques is also done at the mission adding that a team of medical workers also do HIV/AIDS screening and those found positive are referred to the appropriate centers for treatment.

“We are also doing general medical screening for general medical conditions and people who are found to require surgery are given surgical intervention and complicated cases that cannot be treated at the mission site are referred to specialist centre where it will be done at no cost to the patient”, he said.

The team of medical workers have seen and treated more than 10,000 patients for different ailments in the first two days of the 5-day medical mission which is slated to come to an end 25th of March, 2010.

Idris who described the mission as a stop-gap measure to tackle the challenge of accessibility to healthcare services said the medical mission is one of the plans initiated by the government to bring healthcare delivery closer to the people at the grassroots.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the Medical Mission, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe said the series of medical missions embarked upon by government has no doubt contributed immensely to healthy living behaviour of the people, a satiation she attributed to the public health education and enlightenment conducted during the mission.

She said an average of 25,000 people usually benefit from each medical mission.

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