Residents of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, were provided free medical treatments by the Leader of the Council’s Legislative Arm, Hon. Enitan Jessica Oba.
Hon. Oba, who is representing Ward A (Ipakodo) in the council, while speaking on the free medical check – up, said that she embarked on the exercise because of cases of strokes and other illnesses which could be resolved if detected earlier.
Among the beneficiaries of the exercise held at the weekend was the Sekumade of Ipakodo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Bashir Sotonwa who commended the initiative.
Tests conducted for beneficiaries at the Sekumade palace venue of the exercise were Blood pressure, Random blood sugar, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 vaccination and free drugs distribution.
In a chat with THE IMPACT, Hon. Oba said:
“Recently, there has been a high rate of stroke and other common illnesses which would have been controlled at an early stage if detected. Then, I discovered people have not been giving themselves adequate medical attention”, she said.
“The essence of the outreach is to call the attention of the people to their own self. People hardly check themselves because we discovered that a lot of them have high blood pressure and they have not been using any drug.
“We have been able to teach them that it is good that they check their blood pressure often and we gave them treatments, especially those that have extreme conditions.
“We also treated them for malaria while deworming drugs were given to a lot of them”.
She also said that the medical team led by Dr Taiwo Hassan, the Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer, General Hospital, Ikorodu, also sensitized beneficiaries on the need for them to be compliant to the COVID 19 protocols.
They were also informed about the importance of getting the vaccines for the disease and help stop its spread.
“A lot of people have been scared about COVID 19 vaccine but medical experts are able to educate them during the exercise to make them understand that the vaccines are safe and quite encouraging number of them took their first jab”, Hon. Oba said.
“It was a very huge success. We hope to always reach out to the people more and it will always get bigger”.
Other medical personnel at the programme were Dr Dada from General Hospital l, Ikorodu, and Alhaja Risikat Oloyede, a retired Matron.