A total number of 447 people were today screened for various diseases at the 4th edition of the Femi Gbajabiamila Medical Outreach in Surulere, Lagos.
Our correspondent reports that the medical outreach was organised by Femi Gbajabiamila, Leader, House of Representatives, in conjunction with National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA) and Zebra Multiservices.
It was reported that the beneficiaries were treated for ulcer, optical ailments, appendixes, fibroid, hypertension, HIV test, blood sugar test and tuberculosis.
All the beneficiaries were tested for sugar level and blood pressure while others accessed services based on complaints and symptoms of health issues.
For HIV testing services, only one out of the 203 people who participated tested positive.
The NACA official at the medical outreach, Mrs Ajayi AanuOluwayomi, commended Gbajabiamila for reaching out to the “common man.”
According to her, the health sector should be community driven.
“I commend the lawmaker for this kind gesture; with this, he has given wealth to the people because health is wealth.
“As you can see the people are also happy for being beneficiaries,’’ she said.
AanuOluwayomi said NACA was at the venue to counsel those who are HIV positive and refer them to a specialist for proper treatment.
“For the reactive persons, that is, HIV positive, we counsel them to retain their negative status, and if you are positive, we do counseling for you to access services, refer you and encourage you to judiciously adhere to your regimen,” she said.
Mrs Korede Oluwatope, one of the beneficiaries, told our correspondent that she was happy with the gesture, saying that twice her eye glasses had been changed without paying a dime.
She said almost all members of her family had benefitted from Gbajabiamila’s goodwill to the people of Surulere.
Another beneficiary, Alhaji kamarudeen Alao, also expressed joy that he received free diabetes screening, saying that he tested positive and had been referred to a bigger hospital for proper treatment.