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Lagos set to begin free health services tomorrow


The Lagos State Government has announced that its yearly free medical expedition programme tagged: “The Eko Health Mission” will kick off tomorrow, May 15, 2018.

The mission of the state government is to offer free treatment for common ailments as well as screening for hypertension, diabetes, eye care and provision of eye glasses, dental care, family planning services, HIV counselling and testing, among others.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said the Eko Health Mission programme would hold between May 15 and August 31, 2018 and it would hold in selected local councils and local council development areas of the state.

According to Idris, the medical mission team will be visiting selected councils and local development areas for three days each starting at Ajeromi Local Council Secretariat on Tuesday to Thursday, May 15 -17, 2018; Iba Local Council Development Secretariat on Tuesday to Thursday, May 22-24, 2018 and Apapa-Ignamu Local Council Secretariat on Wednesday to Friday, May 30 to June 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. daily.“Other councils and local development areas to be visited include Oriade, Lagos-Mainland, Lekki, Ejigbo, Ikoyi-Obalende, Ikosi-Isheri, Ikosi-Ejinrin and Agbado-Oke-Odo,” he said.

The commissioner said the free health mission was embarked upon to serve as alternative source to increasing access to healthcare delivery, especially to the people at the grassroots.

Idris, who reiterated the commitment of the state government to the well-being of the residents, urged all residents of Lagos, especially of areas to be visited, to take advantage of the programme and benefit from expert care for common ailments and other free health services, noting that the medical teams providing these services are competent professionals committed to ensuring that the mandate of the state government is fully realised.

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