The Lagos State Government has urged residents to take advantage of its ‘Eko Free Health Mission’ to get free medical screening.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the programme was in furtherance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration’s quest to ensure health coverage for all residents.
He urged citizens to visit designated centres around the state for free medical screening.
A statement on Thursday quoted Idris as saying this while giving a progress report of the programme.
According to him, no fewer than 44,000 residents in 19 local government and local council development areas in the state had already benefited from the ‘Eko Free Health Mission’.
He said the statistics obtained indicated that 8,659 individuals were diagnosed with hypertension; 1,018 with diabetes while 281 people were diagnosed with symptoms suggestive of cataracts.
Idris said, “As always, the Lagos State Government is working tirelessly to ensure that all citizens have health care coverage. The present administration’s commitment to sustainable health care and universal health coverage is unshaken and this demands that the state adopts an approach that is not only efficient but also effective in addressing the growing health demand of the Lagosians.”
He said the statistics so far obtained from the programme underscored the need for citizens to take their health seriously.
The commissioner said, “There are a lot of individuals in our state who do not know the status of their health and are not engaged in activities to improve their well-being. Let us all bear in mind that a poor state of health is a significant hindrance to achieving our life dreams and ambitions.”