As part of activities lined up to commemorate 100 days in Office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the State Government, through the Ministry of Health, and in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation – Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF), will be carrying out free surgical interventions for 100 residents with lipomas, breast lumps, hernia and fibroid.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this at the weekend, said that the surgical intervention tagged ‘100 in 100’ will start with screening and selection of patients for the surgical intervention.
He said: “this surgical intervention programme tagged – ‘100 in 100’ will commence with a five-day screening exercise for patients with lipomas, breast lumps, hernia and fibroid from tomorrow Monday, September 2 to Friday September 6, 2019 at the General Hospital, Ijede and surgeries will hold immediately after at designated General Hospitals to be communicated to selected patients”.
Abayomi noted that apart from the screening and surgery, medical consultation and dental services will also be provided to patients at no cost.
The Commissioner averred that the health intervention programme provides an opportunity for people to benefit from health services that will improve their well-being without worrying about the cost of accessing such services, stressing that the programme like other free medical intervention programmes act as a stop-gap to improve access to quality healthcare service in the drive to achieve universal health coverage.
While commending the NGO for collaborating with the State government in a humanitarian venture that seeks to ameliorate suffering and offer succour to the people in need, Abayomi said the State Ministry of Health is always open to partnerships and collaboration from well-meaning individuals and organisations whose ideals and mission align with that of government.
“As a State that believes in community participation and vibrant partnerships, the Ministry of Health is always open to collaborate with well-meaning Nigerians whose plans and intentions align with the vision of the Government to ensure that citizens live healthy and productive lives”, he said.
The Commissioner, therefore, urged residents who have lipomas, breast lumps, hernia and fibroids to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the programme to get the required help.
“I also wish to encourage everyone, not just in Ijede, Agbowa or Ikorodu, but all Lagosians to take advantage of this opportunity to get free health checks from qualified medical professionals”, he added.
The Executive Director of the BOF, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu said that the foundation is happy to collaborate with the State Government to offer help to indigent residents who are suffering from various diseases, adding that the 100 days of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration presents BOF with a good platform to touch people’s lives positively in line with the foundation’s mission.
“We are driven by love and compassion to help indigent people suffering from various diseases such as Fibroids,
Lipomas, Breast lumps, Hydrocele, and Hernias. The goal of BOF is to, in the long run, change the healthcare space with love and compassion. We want to let people know that there is help for them through our foundation. If you have these health conditions and can’t afford surgery, just come for screening at Ijede General Hospital from Monday and we will readily offer care”, he said.
Olowojebutu added that his foundation in collaboration with various State governments would ensure that 1,000 indigent women across the 36 States of the federation undergo fibroid surgeries free-of-charge in 2019.