*as women, youth, children make list
By Ebun Sessou
About 40,000 residents of Alimosho area of Lagos including women, youths and children received free medical treatment in the just concluded 2018 edition of Free Health Mission for residents organised by Mr. Adebisi Yusuff, a lawmaker representing Alimosho constituency 1, in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
The five-day annual free health mission in commemoration of the lawmaker’s birthday, at the Ipaja-Ayobo Mini Stadium, Lagos was sponsored by his foundation, Prince of Hope Turns to Reality Foundation (PHTRF) held in each of the five council areas including Mosan, Okunola, Agbado Oke-Odo, Alimosho.
The annual outreach, apart from attending to regular ailments such as malaria, typhoid, cough, cold, etc, covered eye-related issues and surgeries on hernia, lumpectomy, ganglion, keliods, among others.
Speaking to newsmen, Yusuff, the President of PHTRF said that he was motivated to invest in people’s health because God has given him sound health and that his late parents placed priority on health.
“I am also doing this because of the passion my mother had for me and my health while growing up. I am committed to the healthy living of people because health is wealth. “I have the inspiration that we should not concentrate only on close families, we must extend health services to neighbours and this is the fourth edition.
“We have improved on last year’s edition where over 30,000 residents of this federal constituency and beyond benefited, we have capture more people”, he said.
The lawmaker, who noted that something was wrong with the nation’s health system, said that he had partners from overseas countries and about 25 medical practitioners from the U.S would participate in the surgeries.
“If this number of people had been living in agonies for several years without money to seek medical attentions, government across levels and well-meaning individuals must rise up and provide affordable and quality healthcare services.
One of the recipients of the programme, Master Seyi Oladele, an18 year-old student, who came for Keloid surgery said that he had been suffering from Keloids for four years, and commended the lawmaker for the free surgery.
“I have made several efforts to get out of this mess by visiting hospitals, but my mother did not have the money to finance the bill for surgery as she is the only one taking care of us,” Oladele said.
The chairman of Ipaja-Ayobo LCDA, Mr. Sakiru Adisa, who commended the lawmaker for the gesture, said, it was part of dividend of democracy.