2,000 Ikeja residents benefit from free health screening, treatment

Two Thousand (2,000) residents of Ikeja area have benefitted from ongoing free health screening tagged: “Healthy bee” at Onigbogbo Primary Health Centre (PHC) Ikeja.

The free health screening began on Aug. 2  and was to end on Saturday at seven designated primary health centres (PHCs) in Lagos.

“This free health screening is really loaded because we are screening eye defects, dental issues, tuberculosis awareness and giving free eye glasses for correction.

“Those that need surgery has been booked and sent to general hospitals for both adults and children.

“Healthcare major challenges are lack of accessibility, affordability and provision of the services because healthcare is not cheap.

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Ajayi said that people had been coming to this health centre since Monday, we screened at least 350 people per day.

“A lot of people were given eye glasses and drugs while some children are booked for surgeries by next months.

Some participants were grateful to the state government and the NGO for bringing the programme to their primary health centre.

Mrs Oluwatoyin Adetokunbo, a teacher, urged Lagos State Government to constantly provide more basic health services to the people, especially those in the community.

According to her, many people are really suffering from different sicknesses or diseases, but they do not have money for hospital bills.

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“I am really happy for this free health screening opportunity given to us in our community through this organisation.

“Lots of people came here today because it is free, which means they cannot avoid private hospital bills.

“Our leaders in this country need to improve and equip all primary health centres, health practitioners and make health services to be affordable,” adetokunbo said.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Adenine Oseni, a business woman, appealed to government at all levels to improve healthcare services and contribute to individuals well-being.

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Oseni said that governments need to collaborate with more non-governmental organisations by providing healthcare services to the people.

“Some people are really facing health challenges, but they cannot afford the treatment at general hospitals.

“This is a good idea from the state government, I brought all my children for the screening and they were all treated well for free,” she said.

Also, Mr Yinka Ojuade, a trader, expressed gratitude to the Lagos state government for giving them the opportunity to know their health status.

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