Residents of Igbogbo Bayeku Local Council Development Area, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland can heave a huge sigh of relief as the corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, flagged off the first quarter of its 2018 Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers (HIRD) outreach programme.
The three-day outreach programme will move to both Ijede and Imota Local Council Development Areas to ensure that residents of the communities also benefit from the initiative.
At the event, which witnessed a large turnout of residents who defied the morning rains, the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, explained that the programme was aimed at providing free medical care services to rural communities by medical personnel deployed in the local communities in the area.
According to him, the programme, inaugurated since 2015 has recorded a high success rate in some parts of the state that include: Badagry, Ijegun Alimoso and Poka in Epe.
Speaking further, Momoh explained that the programme would involve the mobilization of corps medical personnel to provide residents free on-the-spot consultation, treatment, sensitisation of the people on health issues, diagnosis of illnesses that require specialist’s attention and make appropriate referrals to other health facilities.
“It is important to mention that the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme is designed to contribute to the attainment of a healthy population in Nigeria so that every citizen will have the opportunity to contribute his/her own quota to the attainment of our national aspirations. It is an indisputable fact that a nation that desires sustainable development needs a healthy citizenry because a healthy citizen, all other things being equal, is a productive citizen.
“Therefore, NYSC recognizing the importance of health in the development of a nation is utilising the expertise of our corps medical personnel to take free healthcare services to the doorsteps of our rural populace who are largely indigent to enhance their productivity. This is being done with the support of the government, corporate bodies and non-governmental organizations,” he said.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman of Igbogbo Bakeku LCDA, Comrade Olusesan Daini: “It is a well-appreciated programme and we will come for more collaboration. I urge citizens of the state to seek medical help and prescriptions to stay healthy. Health is wealth and this is the only way to increase our productivity. Lagos state is doing a lot and we have keyed into the various programmes of the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration.”