Ogun State Government has organised free medical outreach for the people of Ilaro, in fulfilment of its promise to provide effective health care delivery to the citizens of the State.
The Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, while addressing people at Yewa Empire Ground, Ilaro, venue of the free medical outreach said, ensuring good health of the citizens was paramount to his administration, noting that the programme was the third phase, as it had been conducted in Odeda and Ilisan- Remo.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the Governor emphasised that the welfare of citizens was fundamental, which according to him, informed the free health care initiative.
“It is very important for us to know our health status as health is wealth. This medical outreach is meant to educate us more on the state of our health, to advise us on what to eat, when to rest and what steps to take when we notice any symptoms in our body system.
‘’There is a disease called Hepatitis which is now rampant. We have flagged off the sensitization and conducted test in Ota and very soon, it will be brought to Ilaro so that our people can get tested to know their status”, he said.
He added that aside from the free medical outreach, government had inspected some roads requiring urgent attention in Ilaro, assuring that work would soon commence on them, to enhance free flow of vehicular movement.
In her remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Sade Adebanjo said the present administration underscored the need for a well structured health system, with improved primary healthcare, noting that the medical outreach was one of the strategies aimed at providing and addressing preventive healthcare, as the renovation of health centres, provision of health facilities and employment of medical personnel had commenced.
Also speaking, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, represented by Chief Adeboye Sanu commended the government for bringing the free medical screening to the grassroots, urging people to take advantage of the outreach to get tested, counselled and treated at no cost.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Ayinde Adesanya disclosed that the outreach would provide free testing and counselling on HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Family Planning services, Immunisation, free eye screening and glasses amongst others.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Tijani Abosede, while commending government said, “I am here for the state government free medical care and I have checked my HIV status, blood pressure, and my sugar level. Also, I have done my free eye test and I was given drugs and eye glass, all for free”.