Lagos begins free health care for children.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, flagged off a free healthcare programme aimed at combating organ impairment and life-threatening ailments in children.
The initiative tagged “Healthy Bee Project” is a component of the Governor’s development agenda to reposition healthcare and give disadvantaged children access to quality medical care.
The free medical mission is organised in collaboration with Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat (BOSKOH) Healthcare Mission International, a non-governmental organisation.
The four-week programme will commence with a six-day screening in seven Primary Healthcare Centres across the state, after which those whose conditions require higher medical examinations and surgeries will be taken to the tertiary healthcare facilities without charge.
Flagging off the healthcare project at a ceremony held at the LTV Blue Roof in Agidingbi, Governor Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the programme was purposely designed to keep children fit for their study and activities that would make them attain their potential.
He encouraged parents to utilise the opportunity to take their children for screening and treatment for medical conditions that can limit their mental and physical development.
He said: “If children lack access to good health facilities and quality medical attention, they might lose their ability and functionality. We want to help them fight ailments that can put them at a disadvantage. This is the reason the programme is essential to make sure our children live a good and fulfilling life.
“On behalf of the people of Lagos State and for the benefit of our children in Lagos and on behalf of the Governor of Lagos State, I flag off this programme for the benefit of our children.”
The First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, noted that the intention of the medical mission was borne out of the commitment of the Lagos Government to bring down the rate of childhood diseases and disabilities.
She said children whose conditions required advanced care would be examined by a team of children health experts and surgeons from the United States, Europe, and Nigeria who are volunteers in the mission.