8,400 Benefit As Fashola Flags Off Free Medical, Surgical Mission In Epe
…Charges community leaders, interest groups to champion advocacy on abstinence among the youth
Dec 15, 2010 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Wednesday visited Epe to flag off a mission for the provision of free medical health and surgical services to the people of the area, charging the community leaders and all interest groups to champion the advocacy on abstinence among the young ones.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the Zumratul Islamiyat Primary School ground in Epe said it should be the responsibility of the whole community starting from the Government officials, royal fathers, teachers and community development associations to get involved in the enlightenment process.
He added that it is very essential for the young people to be sensitized on the need to avoid casual and unprotected sex and embrace abstinence as a surest safeguard against HIV Aids.
Said he: "HIV/AIDS is a disease that is ravaging the world and especially Africa. If we are sensible in our choice of sexual interactions, we can live an HIV free life. Even for those who have contracted it our anti HIV agency is ready to provide anti retroviral drugs, counseling, treatment and advocacy against discrimination in order to live a full and non discriminatory life"
Governor Fashola who also disclosed that since the exercise commenced a total of 8,400 people have benefitted from surgical services, consultation and treatment of diabetes, hypertension and some HIV positive cases.
The Governor who commended the high turnout of people for the free medical exercise which is the 22nd to be organized by the administration is committed to improving the preventive healthcare capacity of the people through early diagnosis and treatment.
While stressing that the exercise is free, the Governor urged the people to take advantage of the programme because they have exercised their voting power in favour of the Action Congress of Nigeria and they have a right to enjoy the dividends provided by the party.
The Lagos State Governor also commended the efforts of the medical personnel involved in the medical mission exercise and sought the understanding of the beneficiaries to be patient with the medical officers as they attend to them.
Governor Fashola said by the time the exercise ends on Friday, it would move to another part of the State basically because Government is committed to using it to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of resources so that all parts of the State will benefit from true governance in the State.
He reminded the people to troop out en-masse from the 15th of January 2011 to participate in the voters registration exercise, adding that it is when people fail to register that they give opportunity to people who are bent on rigging to perpetrate their acts of bringing in non-existent names onto the register.
He reminded them that it is their votes that would shape their tomorrow and urged everyone to take it seriously as it concerns their children and the overall development of the society.
Speaking earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris had informed that a total of 8,400 people have benefitted from the free medical mission in Epe with 1,200 out of them presenting different eye problem.
He also informed that a number of people have also been diagnosed as being HIV positive, adding that counseling would be provided for them.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman of Epe Local Government, Mr. Segun Agbaje thanked the Governor for extending the medical mission to the people of Epe area.
Governor Fashola who was joyfully received by the people later went round the various points where the beneficiaries were being attended to, interact with them to know how they were faring and was also at the General Hospital in Epe to see how those who had surgical operations were also doing.