In Lagos: Thousands receive free medical care in Lekki

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No fewer than 15,595 residents in Lekki Local Development Area of Lagos and its environs have benefited from free health screening organised by the State Government.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said this while reviewing report of the five-day medical expedition on Wednesday, May 20 in Lagos.

The health mission, which took place between May 13 and May 17, featured consultation, screening and treatment for various ailments.

Idris said the medical mission was a comprehensive healthcare initiative that covered primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.

He explained that the programme was aimed at taking health care to the grassroots and under-served areas of the state.

"The mission is particularly significant because it assists the government in its efforts at bringing to the barest minimum, the number of untimely deaths in the state.

"The major beneficiaries of the programme were the most vulnerable members of the population at the grassroots like the elderly, children, youth and pregnant women.

"These people are prone to infections and other maternal and child health-related diseases,’’ he said.

Giving statistics on the mission, the commissioner said 1,595 people benefited from eye screening, treatment and free eye glasses.

He said another 547 people were treated for various dental ailments, while 2,807 people had access to reproductive health services.

According to him, 10,644 people were treated for hypertension, diabetes and malaria.

Idris noted that public health education to enlighten the people on basic healthy living techniques was also done at the mission.

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