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Lagos Targets 50,000 Residents For Free Medical Care

In order to reduce the hardship in the state especially when it comes to accessing healthcare, the Lagos State government has commenced free medical care for its residents.

The outreach tagged: ‘Alafia Eko’ which commenced on Thursday, will cover six health districts with specific locations for each.

Many Lagosians turned up at the 24 centres earmarked for the various free medical services, which followed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive that “all Lagosians should have access to health care.’’

From Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island to Astroturf Stadium Airways in Apapa, Aguda Praying Ground in Surulere, Evans Square in Ebute Meta, Epe Recreation Centre in Epe LGA to Iberekodo Primary School in Ibeju-Lekki LGA and Imota Primary School in Eti-Osa LGA, the crowds kept surging.

“The Resettlement area in Araromi community, Eti-Osa East LCDA also witnessed a huge crowd of excited residents waiting to participate in the programme.

A significant number of residents also flocked to Papa area of Oworonshoki in Kosofe LGA, Legislative Compound in Pedro, Bariga LCDA, Ikorodu West LCDA Secretariat in Owutu, Agric in Ikorodu, and Agidi Comprehensive High School, Alapere in Agboyi-Ketu LCDA.

Other centres where the outreach was held simultaneously included Helen Aderonke PHC in Egbe Idimu, Alimosho LGA; Ifako-Ijaiye LGA Secretariat in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA; Ayobo Ipaja PHC in Alimosho LGA; Agege Legislative Complex in Agege LGA; Methodist Primary School in Oshodi; Egigbo Market in Egigbo; Bishop Aggrey Place in Mushin; Ikeja Underbridge in Ikeja LGA; FHA Grounds in Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin LGA; Ojo LGA Secretariat in Ojo LGA; Suntan Beach in Badagry West LCDA; and Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA Secretariat, Baale, Ajegunle.

The Lagos State Government explained that the second outreach will be followed from June 6 while noting that each health district will host four outreach events in the first phase, targeting around 1,000 citizens per event, for a total of approximately 25,000 individuals for the first phase.

While speaking on the significance of the initiative, the Special Advisor to the Governor on Health, Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi said: “The whole essence of this is to ensure that all the citizens in Lagos get access to affordable and quality healthcare.”

With all the economic hardship that we felt was going on months ago, Mr. Governor actually spoke to his cabinet, which included me, as as to find out ways of which we can help our citizens and make things a little bit easier for them.

“So we came up with Eko cares, which consists of Onje Eko, which started a few months ago.

Then, the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) came up with Alafia Eko because we realised that drugs were getting more expensive, people were staying at home, and they couldn’t afford to even come to the doctor.

“And then, we have education, where there is free registration for students and also transportation, where there is a reduction in the cost of transportation.

“With regards to Alafia Eko, where the Ministry of Health was actually involved, what we did was we decided that we will have four units per district, making 24 units.

And we will see 1000 citizens per unit, which equals 4000 per district and times six is 24,000. And I’m sure we’re going to see more than that.

“That all pregnant women still get antenatal care free delivery and free. Whether it’s a caesarean section or normal delivery is still free. And that has been on for some months.

All pregnant women do not pay for antenatal care services, which is part of the programme.

Also speaking, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, said: “We are linking the beneficiaries to the nearest primary healthcare (PHC) as well.

They will pick up drugs in another two weeks. All these are all about making sure no one is left behind and there’s universal access to healthcare for all the residents of Lagos,” Ogboye added.

One of the beneficiaries of the initiative, Mrs Ganiyu Rahimot, said: “I was checked for blood pressure, weight, and malaria. I am very grateful to the governor of Lagos State for this opportunity. May God bless him.”

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