Lagos Government Commences Free Healthcare For Children

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will on Friday, flag off a free healthcare programme targeted at combating organ impairment and life-threatening ailments among children.

The programme will be held 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).

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

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.

Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Tayo Lawal said 100,000 children were expected to benefit from the medical initiative, saying each of the designated primary healthcare centres was expected to attend to thousands of beneficiaries throughout the exercise.

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