Over 128,000 Lagos residents have benefited from the on-going Eko Health Mission programme; a medical intervention sponsored by the State government to provide free healthcare services to residents across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.
Idris, who made this known at the flag-off ceremony of the programme for Epe LGA, Eredo and Ikosi-Ijirin LCDAs holding at the Epe Local Government Secretariat, explained that the beneficiaries cut across 15 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas that have been visited.
He said, “Over 84,000 people were attended to as General Out-Patients for common ailments and complaints, hypertension and diabetes screening and management; 8,000 others were also seen and attended to at the Dental Unit; 32,000 people were screened and treated at the Eye unit out of which over 22,000 were given eyeglasses and 6,000 others have been screened and counseled at the HIV unit”.
While noting that the health mission train will visit the remaining LGs and LCDAs yet to be visited, Idris stated that the Eko Health Mission programme is in furtherance of the present administration’s objective to take health care to the grassroots and under-served areas in the State.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Director, Medical Administration, Training and Programs, Dr. Funmilayo Shokunbi explained that the programme was introduced as a strategic initiative and comprehensive medical outreach programme to complement the established healthcare system in the Lagos for the attainment of sustainable development goals.
He noted that the State Government is continuously finding ways to improve the health status of its ever-increasing population, adding that the plan for achieving this was based on the Health Policy Thrust of the State which is guided by the noble goal that every Lagosian enjoys unfettered access to qualitative healthcare without any barrier whatsoever.
Idris stated that despite being short-term interventions, the programme is geared towards the Strategic Development Plan of ensuring Universal Health Coverage, adding that the Missions provide services that take health care to the doorsteps of its citizens at no cost to the people.
“These health missions are significant because they enable this administration to provide healthcare services to all who come irrespective of their age, gender, socio-economic status and affiliations”, he added.
Earlier, the Sole Administrator of Eredo LCDA, Mr. Muyiwa Okesanya lauded the State Governor for sponsoring the programme which he said has brought succour to residents of the State, adding that the programme has brought quality health care closer to the people at the grassroots at no cost at all.