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Lagos aims to reach 50,000 residents for free medical care

By Vaseline May31,2024

To alleviate hardship in the state, especially when it comes to access to healthcare, the Lagos State government has started providing free medical care to its residents.

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

Many Lagosians flocked to the 24 centers designated for the various free medical services, in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive that “all Lagosians should have access to healthcare.”

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

“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 centers 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; Eggbo Market in Eggigbo; Bishop Aggrey Place in Mushin; Ikeja Underbridge in Ikeja LGA; FHA premises in Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin LGA; Ojo LGA Secretariat in Ojo LGA; Sunburn 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, noting that in the first phase, each health district will organize four outreach events, targeting about 1,000 citizens per event, for a total of about 25,000 persons for the first phase.

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

With all the economic hardship that we felt like was happening months ago, Mr. Governor actually spoke to his Cabinet, which I was in, to figure out how we can help our citizens and turn things around a little bit. make it 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 realized that medicines were getting more expensive, people were staying at home and they couldn’t afford to even go to the doctor.

“And then we have education, where there is free registration for students and also transport, where transport costs are falling.

“With regard to Alafia Eko, where the Ministry of Health was actually involved, we have decided that we will have four units per district, which amounts to 24 units.

And we’ll see 1,000 citizens per unit, which is 4,000 per district and times six is ​​24,000. And I’m sure we’ll see more than that.

“That all pregnant women continue to receive free, no-cost prenatal care. Whether it is a caesarean section or a normal birth, it is still free. And that has been going on for several months.

All pregnant women do not pay for prenatal care, which is part of the program.

Also speaking, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, said: “We are also linking beneficiaries to the nearest Primary Health Care (PHC).

They’ll pick up the drugs in two weeks. All this is about ensuring that no one is left behind and that there is universal access to healthcare for all Lagosians,” 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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