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Lagos Council Boss Tasks Residents On General Wellness

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Akin Olayemi

The Executive Chairman of Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area, Hon. (Dr) Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira has appealed to residents in Lagos state to take optimum advantage of the Jigi-Bola Health Initiative for their general wellbeing.

The Jigi-Bola Health Mission was the brainchild of the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The initiative is aimed primarily at preventing blindness and rectifying visual impairment with the provision free medical check-ups and drugs to senior citizens, widows and the less privileged in the community.

Addressing beneficiaries at the program, Dr Apatira said, “Health is wealth but it is only healthy people that make a healthy nation. This underscores the importance of healthy living in every society hence the need to ensure optimal healthcare for all ages.
The need to look after our health informed the re-launch of the Jigi-Bola Initiative in conjunction with BOSKOH Healthcare Mission International.

The BOSKOH Health Mission Initiative identified over 250,000 residents that were in need of visual and hearing aids at the third edition of the Jigi-Bola Re-launch and BOSKOH Health Mission Initiative held last year.

This administration has also taken the bold step by broadening the scope of the Health Mission to include other health provisions beyond the provision of visual and hearing aids programme to cater for the need of residents whose health needs do not fall within visual and hearing impairments.”

Speaking on the medical intervention held at the Itire-Ikate council secretariat, First Lady of Lagos state, Dr (Mrs) Claudia Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said it’s a broadminded approach towards sustaining one of the most successful initiatives of the Lagos State Government that has had unprecedented impacts across the length and breadth of the state, especially the grassroots.

Since it was launched in 2001, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu disclosed, the Jigi-Bola Health Mission programme, has contributed in no small measure to preventing blindness and rectifying visual dysfunction, which is estimated to be a major health risk to residents.

“At the end of the Jigi-Bola’s Re-launch in June last year, over 45,000 Lagosians were reached across seven Local Government Areas, while about 10,000 benefitted from free eye treatments and eyeglasses.

I want to commend the volunteers and partners who worked tirelessly work with the State Government to ensure the success of the initiative. I therefore urged the good people of Lagos State, especially those suffering from visual impairments to take advantage of the Jigi-Bola Initiative to improve their health. Our society can only attain its potentials with well-rounded human resources” she said.

The Chief Executive Officer, BOSKOH Lagos HMI, Mrs. Nike Osa, highlighted the impacts of the mission, “The Mission has recorded significant milestones since its commencement in 2019.

We have conducted free surgeries and treated illnesses that would have otherwise cost people thousands of naira they couldn’t afford. Apart from the surgeries, we have also provided eyeglasses and eye treatments to Lagosians, with last year dedicated to eye treatments”.

Osa disclosed that this year’s edition extends to mental health issues which are fast becoming a challenge for citizens due to social and economic uncertainties.

She asked Lagosians to watch out for volunteers in locations across the state to access best-in-class free medical services.

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