Jide Jimoh Hosts Hospitals For Humanity In Makoko.
Spurred by a degrading health documentary focused on the Makoko area of Lagos as aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) and the attendant image loss it has on Government and people of Nigeria,Hospital For Humanity, an American based Non-Governmental Organisation has galvanised support and mobilised doctors in different fields of medicine from The United States Of America.
It was a huge attendance as the coastal populace in Makoko emptied themselves on the Makoko Anglican Primary School, venue of the health care mission.
The CEO of the hospitals for Humanity, Dr. Segun Ajayi on Tuesday the 1st, August,2010, led other specialist doctors on a five day comprehensive health programme targeted at nabbing in the bud all health care challenges especially at their primary stages in the suburb of Makoko.
On Thursday the 3rd, August,2010, third day into the exercise, officials of the Ministry Of Health Lagos State paid a visit to team of doctors from the United States to convey a message of gratitude from the Governor Of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). Ably led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr.Jide Idris, on the high powered team also was the Special Adviser to Governor on health, Dr. Toyin Hamza and other senior officials from the ministry. The host Chairman, Hon. Abdul-Raheem Olajide Jimoh was on hand to receive the delegation.
On arrival, the team took a tour round various ad-hoc wards and consultation unit set up for the medicare exercise.
Some of the wards visited were, Dental, Eyes, pediatric, Laboratory and Pharmacy.
Immediately after the inspection, a joint press conference was organised for both the visiting doctors from Hospitals for Humanity and Officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
At the well attended conference were the enigmatic Executive Chairman, Yaba Local Development Area, Hon. Jide Jimoh. In his introductory remarks, Hon. Jimoh paid glowing tribute to the performing Governor Of Lagos State, Barrister Babatunde Fashola, (SAN) who he said has accorded the health sector a priority in project execution, he showed appreciation to doctors from Hospitals for Humanity on behalf of the Government and people of Yaba.He reiterated his avowed commitment to the upliftment of all the Primary Health Centres in Yaba Local Council Development Area so as to reduce the burden on other tiers of hospitals.
When asked to give remarks as regards their stay so far, each of the doctorrs commended the initiative of the State Government in creating such a collaborative platform that has made healthcare available to the masses, they also commended the warmth and hospitable attitude of the locals that has characterised their stay.
Some of the benefiting patients were full of praises for the high quality services been rendered by the doctors, they confessed that their consultation, treatment and drug was dispensation was carried out in a most friendly and professional manner. In the particular case of Mrs. Bola John-Maxwell,who had a twin challenge of tooth ache and blurred sight, she was full of thanks and had kind words for the treatment she received in the hands of the doctors while also imploring the Lagos State Government to make the initiative a continuous practice. In the same vein, Mrs. Owodunni, who experienced nagging pains from hew corrective lens said she harboured doubts as to the effectiveness of the medical mission, but her fears were instantly written off when she was seen and attended to. She commended the orderliness of the programm and the rare dedication of the doctors and their support staff. For Mrs. Bose Adesegun and Mr. Tseme Michael ,they both received the best of care from the opticians while their children also got good treatment from the pediatricians.
Community leaders like Apostle Ojo while praising the pleaytorial of health programs that the Fashola administration has been reeling out administration has been doing to the delight to of Lagosians and urged them to do more.
To round off the press conference, Dr. Jide Idris, commended the courage of the team of doctors from the Hospitals for Humanity to have embarked on such a tasking humanitarian mission. He informed the audience that the administration of Fashola inherited a lot of problems in the health doctors.n He affirmed that his Ministry will do a follow up of some of the complex cases that has been discovered in the course of the exercise. He informed that inadequate finance, decadent infrastructures and logistics are some of the problems been faced by the Ministry but they are on top of the situation.
He said the Lagos State Government has concluding plans to have one Primary Health Centre in every ward and a Secondary Health Centre in each Local Government and in addition to drive the message of health for all home ,there will be a health committee in each ward and Local Government Areas across Lagos State.
He also hinted that statistics coalated from the medical mission will form a key part of the policy framework in the Ministry Of Health.
In the question and answers session, Ho. Jide Jimoh said an approximate seven thousand patients have been seen out of about eight thousand patients that turned out for the exercise. Hon. Jimoh further averred that, Yaba LCDA, he has renovated four Primary Health Centres and upgraded infrastructure while also motivating health workers, the renovated Primary Health Centres now operate all round the clock. He also told all that a unique Floating Clinic on the banks of Makoko to bring health care closer to the coastal inhabitants.
Dr. Idris said information gathering on health and other areas been accorded priority are preventive health, dental, reproductive, STDs/AIDS and malaria.
Dr. Toyin Hamza, in his closing remarks, assured that the ministry will strive to maintain the momentum of and pace of work been done and that benchmarks will not be compromised.