Lagos Govt flags off Free Healthcare For Children With Life-Threatening Ailments

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will on Friday, commission a free healthcare programme aimed at tackling organ impairment and life-threatening ailments among children.

The programme is in furtherance of Sanwo-Olu’s improve access to quality healthcare in the state.

Free medical treatment will be accessible to residents of the in seven Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state for six days, during which beneficiaries will be screened and treated for observed illnesses.

The free medical mission is being held in collaboration with Healthcare Mission International, a Republic of Ireland-based non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Titilayo Goncalves at a press briefing said the programme signalled the implementation phase of Sanwo-Olu’s healthcare initiative.

She observed that the the medical outreach was targeted at children between ages 0 to 12, stressing that the choice of the demographic was strategic, because of the need to protect the children from the sickness that may impede their potential.

Also speaking, the Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Nike Osa, said the promotion of children’s health was an important part of the organisation’s goals.

She said the partnership with the Sanwo-Olu administration was necessary to enable the Lagos government meet the Item Three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is to realise universal health coverage for children and reduce poverty.

The healthcare programme will take place at Ajara PHC in Badagry, Akerele PHC in Surulere, Ikotun PHC in Alimosho, Iga Iduganran PHC on Lagos Island, Epe PHC in Epe, Onigbongo PHC in Ikeja, and Ita-Elewa PHC in Ikorodu.

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