Lagos partners with NGO on free surgery

The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation will commence free surgical intervention for about 150 patients with various health conditions.

The health conditions to be treated include hernia, lipoma, breast lump and fibroid, slated for September 16, 2019.

The free surgical intervention is an offshoot of the free medical consultation and screening carried out by Lagos State Government and the foundation between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th September, 2019 where no fewer than 1,037 people benefitted.

The State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said the free surgical intervention which is part of activities to commemorate the State 100 days in office was geared towards improving access to healthcare by residents who are challenged by finance.

Surgical intervention

This surgical intervention tagged 100 in 100 is in fulfilment of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s promise to provide equitable and sustainable health care to Lagosians especially the vulnerable in the society, he said.

Abayomi said the project was targeted towards bringing qualitative health care service to the door steps of vulnerable people in the society which also indicated that the present administration’s all-inclusive system of governance gives room for public private sector.

Lagos Health scheme

The Commissioner while noting that the Governor Sanwo-Olu is very mindful of the fact that many Lagosians cannot fund their health services stated that the government has put in place the Lagos Health Scheme (LSHS) which primary function is to increase access to quality health services and help achieve universal health coverage.

The Governor is mindful that many Lagosians cannot fund their health care services, and it is for this reason we developed the Lagos Health Insurance Scheme whose primary function is to deliver a spectrum of health services to the under privileged. Amongst the health services under the scheme will be care of the mother, developing foetus, immunization for children, medical surgery procedure and other services that our population requires.

He commended the NGO for initiating the intervention noting that the State government was always willing and ready to collaborate and support well-meaning foundations, organisations and individuals who’s mission aligns with that of the present administration

The support you are giving us is in line with the mandate we have in driving the universal health coverage and from our encounter with your foundation, your focus is on surgery. The process of carrying out such procedure is phenomenal, he said.

Abayomi stressed that the foundation would begin the surgery on 150 identified patients in a week time, saying that the state government was building on its capacity to deliver qualitative health services to the populace in order to achieve a greater Lagos

The surgery

While sharing his experience from the weeklong screening programme, the founder, BOF, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu said the aim of the foundation was to help the poor who could not afford the fund for qualitative healthcare.

Olowojebutu stated that his foundation initially resolved to do 100 surgeries in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 100 days in office, but noted that the large turnout of residents at the screening site and the rise in demand of patients who require surgeries necessitated scaling it up to 150 surgeries.

He mentioned that the cost of carrying out such surgeries could be over N300 million, which the foundation would be doing free of charge in conjunction with the Lagos State Government.

Source: Voice of Nigeria