Several Groups Offer Free Medical Services To The Elderly In Lagos

 

Free medical care has been offered to over 100 elderly men and women in Agege, Lagos by the Ikale Heritage Development Association (IHDA), Gero Care and the JOF Foundation.

Sola Olatunji, the Chairman of IHDA, mentioned that along with its corporate donor-Fidson Healthcare Plc, the other groups had been deeply moved by the plight of the elderly who have clearly been left behind by civilisation.

“The idea of this free medical outreach was borne out of the desire to liberate our people from ignorance and lukewarm attitude to our health. We are deeply saddened by the spate of sudden deaths among our people in recent time and we feel we can halt this by embarking on health awareness campaign, educating our people on how to manage their health and an outright examination and treatment of those who cannot afford the high cost of medication.

He further added, “Our health is more valuable than other anything. Sound health is a secret behind every happy person. Therefore, it is essential to have a healthy and disciplined lifestyle by eating good food couple with regular exercise. Happiness and success are impossible to achieve without good health.”

Ebinabo Ofrey, CEO/Co-founder of Gero Care, stated the health facility leveraged itself on technology in order to provide health care for the elderly, using their network of medical personnel across the country and with their mobile application.

The Japhet Olugbogi Foundation, JOF , a partner to the initiative, had offered free medical screening to elderly attendees in hepatitis B, HIV, blood pressure, diabetics, arthritis and free medicines.

Whilst being represented by his Senior Special Assistant on SDGs, Solape Agagu Hammond, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, pledged his support to the initiative, saying that the government alone cannot provide the necessary essential services to citizens, hence there is a need for well-meaning Nigerians to devote a significant amount of their wealth for the needy.

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