Lagos To Begin Free Health Screening And Treatment
Lagos state government, in partnership with a Healthcare Mission International, will tomorrow begin free medical treatment for children as well as screening and advocacy for adults. This is part of its efforts to improve health care among residents in the state.
Addressing newsmen, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Titilayo Goncalves, said the exercise will compliment various programs already in place to promote healthy living among residents.
In addition, the permanent secretary of the state primary health Board, Dr. Tayo Lawal said the project is expected to create medical awareness among residents.
Speaking further on the initiative, Lawal intimated that treratment centres have already been identified.
He said: “we’ve already identified the general hospitals where surgeries will take place, those (the hospitals) that are going to be the better procedures”.
Earlier, the Executive Director of the Healthcare Mission, Nike Osa, said the programme was necessitated by a need to assist under privileged persons facing in need of health care.
She explained that screening for other illnesses will be done, noting that identified patients will also be managed .
“Even though the children are a prime target of this programme, adults will be given health talks, screening for Tuberculosis and HIV. Those termed as passive will be managed using the established channels of treatment of these illnesses”, said Nike.
The six day screening and treatment of residents which will commence on August 5th will take place in seven primary health care centres across the state, namely Surulere, Badagry, Alimosho, Epe, Ikeja, and Ikorodu.