By Chioma Obinna
AS part of measures to ensure better health for civil servants in Lagos state, medical doctors under the auspices of the Medical Guild have offered free medical checks and consultations to officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA.
Chairman of the Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufor said the gesture was as a result of the incidence that led to a LASTMA official who collapsed and died on duty.
Kufor said many Nigerians are suffering from one life-threatening ailment or the other without being aware, and that the only remedy is to always be in touch with the doctor – an expert, for checks.
“The doctors visited the LASTMA office at Oshodi, taking safety messages to the door step of the officials by rendering free medical consultations, screenings and dental services.
Kufor said LASTMA was strategically chosen in order to meet the medical needs of the officers who work tirelessly everyday.
Specialists were drafted to treat various ailments ranging from hypertension to diabetes, dental care among others.
“Only severe cases where the doctors on ground are unable to cope would be referred to the hospitals if need be,” he reiterated.
Permanent Secretary, Hospital Service Commission, Dr. Jemilade Longe said it was in accordance with the physician’s oath and to bequeath to Lagosians efficient, effective and affordable health care delivery that cut across all barriers.
He described the gesture as a partnership of shared responsibilities to the public.
The Assistant Director, LASTMA Welfare Unit, Mrs Morayo Ojeniyi who represented the General Manager, Babatunde Edu, said only the healthy can contribute to the development of the state has put in place a well equipped medical facility with professional personnel who attend to the staff on daily basis.
General Surgeon, Oseni Saliu, Vice Chairman of the Guild, said the exercise was to show that medical doctors in Lagos were not self-centered.
He assured that the Guild would extend such free services to other agencies in the state.