By SOLA OGUNDIPE
Less privileged members of society and persons unable to afford proper medical care, can now benefit from high quality medical treatment and care, free of charge, courtesy of the Medic Angels Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization that is focused on providing spiritual and medical healing for the indigent.
The Foundation is working hand in hand with Medic Angels Clinic Ltd., a neighborhood clinic in Lagos providing comprehensive as well as free but standard primary healthcare services with compassion.
It is estimated that about half of all urban dwellers in Nigeria are unable to pay for adequate medical care.
Explaining the rationale behind the initiative, Medical Director, Medic Angels Clinic Ltd., Dr Olatunji Awonusi said it is to benefit the Nigerian health sector.
“I got the idea while practicing as a medical doctor in Australia where I resided for 30 years. The concept is based on being passionate about customer services that would enable people to take care of their health. Medic Angels came up; we set a Foundation that is self sustaining and a clinic that is more than the conventional clinic.
“The ultimate vision is to open two of such clinics yearly across the nation to provide quality standard of care for the less privileged,” he remarked.
Awonusi explained that the free health care services may only be accessed through the Foundation.
“Beneficiaries can be identified through outreach programmes conducted through churches, mosques and other foundations that will set the criteria for those to benefit. Patients will be admitted in the Clinic for the long term, until they are reclassified; they will stay on the book till the number that can be accommodated is attained.”
The facility which was established to serve the community, combines medical and spiritual healing.
“It is an angelic mission is to minister to the ill that cannot pay,” said Chairman of the Clinic Board, Pastor Ituah Olajide, who stressed that the goal is to advance medical treatment in Nigeria.
“About 20 percent of all we do is to offer services free of charge essentially to those who do not have the means to pay.
“Ministering to the needy is part of our calling and people still need physical care and we can bridge the two,” explained Mr. Heith Cooper, Executive Director of the Clinic.
Cooper, who is in charge of medical operations and learning development, stated that Nigeria has a lot of lack in healthcare and the initiative is is an opportunity to bring healthcare to those who cannot pay. “The health facility is about the art of delivering standard care for patients and training for the medical staff. “We are going to train personnel and improve the knowledge base of those delivering.
“What matters is the integrity. There will be no cutting corners. We know there are standards that must be followed to achieve the goal,” he remarked.