Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has enjoined residents of the State to undergo regular medical check-ups for early diagnosis of health conditions as well as engage in physical exercise for good health.
She gave the advice on Tuesday at Poka in Eredo Local Government Area of Epe where she flagged-off a health outreach initiative organized by the National Youth Service Corps.
In an emotion-laden address, she thanked people of the community for their support for the State administration led by her husband, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, promising that they would not be disappointed.
She said, “I am filled with joy as I join you this morning, not just as Wife of the Governor of Lagos State but also as a daughter of this great community, to flag off the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme, designed by the NYSC management to provide timely health intervention to rural dwellers”.
“I want to appreciate the royal fathers and traditional rulers, my people of Poka and Epe in general, for your great support for the administration of my husband, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. You will not be disappointed”, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode added.
She noted that the easiest way to discover upcoming unfavourable health conditions was through medical check-ups, which according to her would enable early diagnosis and easier management.
According to her, “Health is wealth. Poor health is a common enemy to all and there is a need for us to wage a collective war against it which can only be achieved through early diagnosis and treatment”.
Mrs. Ambode extolled the contributions of the NYSC management to rural health development in Lagos State and urged people of the area to use the opportunity of the intervention to know their health status.
Speaking earlier, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Prince Mohammed Momoh, noted that the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme, was introduced by the Director-General of the Corps in 2015, to mobilize corps medical volunteers in respective States for health interventions through diagnosis, treatment, referrals and mass sensitization.
He noted further that since the inception of the scheme, about 3000 residents of 15 rural communities had been reached in the State, stressing that the corps would work harder to cover more rural communities in a short time.
While commending the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for creating an enabling environment for the noble initiative of the NYSC to thrive in Lagos State, he reminded the people that the programme is for the benefit of all, hence the need for members of the benefiting communities to take ownership of its sustainability.
The programme was also attended by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Mr. Segun Olulade and other eminent dignitaries across the State.