By EBELE ONUORA
Scores of residents in the Palmgrove and Ikeja axis and its environment were recently treated to free health care by the Palmgrove Rotary club of Lagos.
The move, according to the President of the club, Rotarian Mukesh Bhatt is geared towards responding to the cardiovascular needs and challenges of its host community and a way of expressing concern and resolve to live up to their corporate social responsibilities.
“We organise this free medical camps three to four times annually. This particular camp focuses on diabetes, cardiology, and hypertension with specialists from various fields available to make the camp a success.” Bhatt noted.
The medical camp which had many specialists attended to over 500 people. Beneficiaries were also given free drugs.
Lamenting on the prevalent health challenges in the country, Bhatt said that the situation prevails because of poverty and ignorance, stressing that the key to unlocking this situation is hinged on education, thorough sensitization and awareness of the entire mass.
“Many times, we see patients coming to the Apollo hospital in India for cardiology related problems and kidney diseases, and most times they are being referred to us late. This is why we need to screen ourselves regularly in order to know our health conditions early.” he added
On the persistent referral of Nigerians for treatment of kidney diseases in India, Consultant Nephrologist and transplant physician, Dr Shamik Shah, said: “Kidney transplants could be run in Nigeria but India has been doing these transplants for close to 50 years now and are more experienced in the art. Complicated cases have to be referred to India because infrastructures for treatment of these ailments are not readily available here, in Nigeria, as they are in India”