Lagos State is one of the smallest states but paradoxically it has one of the fastest growing populations in Nigeria. This fact has inadvertently increased the disease burden of the people of Lagos. According to the Alma-Ata declaration, Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity. I believe that good health is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal whose realization requires the action of many other social and economic sectors in addition to the health sector.
The challenge therefore for the government has been to continuously find
ways of improving the health status of the ever increasing population. The plan for achieving this was based on the Health Policy Thrusts of the present administration which include following:
1. Free community based primary health care.
2. Provision of comprehensive secondary healthcare delivery System.
3. Upgrading and equipping all the Health institutions in the state.
One of the strategies adopted by government is the organization of medical missions to compliment the normal health delivery services in the state. These are specifically designed to address pressing health issues of the rural communities in the state, in line with the Free Health policy of the government.
The target population of this mission comprises members of the rural communities in the three senatorial districts of the state and includes elderly children, pregnant women etc with pressing medical and surgical problems, especially those poor and cannot afford the cost of Medicare.
Services rendered during the mission include:
1. General consultation and free medications, including nutritional assessment of the children
2. General basic / uncomplicated surgeries
3. Basic, uncomplicated Obstetrics / Gynecological surgeries
4. Simple dental procedures
5. Eye Consultation and Screening 9with provision of glasses)
6. Eye surgeries (cataract extraction with intra ocular lens implantation and Pteryguim excision etc)
• Another way of reducing the morbidity and mortality figures in the state.
• Capacity building for the health work force
• Fulfillment of one of the cardinal programs of the present administration, thus increasing its acceptability by the rural community.
• May encourage other governments and non-governmental organizations to integrate their programs in a similar fashion.
The mission was planned residents of the local government visited to ensure equity.
Medical personnel, drugs and consumables are jointly provided by both the Ministry and the Health & Missions International. Furthermore, Health & Missions international also provides the bulk of the required materials, especially those relating to eye care, publicity, documentation and other logistics.
DATA ON MEDICAL MISSIONS IN LAGOS STATE FROM FEBRUARY 2008 TO JANUARY 2010
7TH FREE MEDICAL MISSION T0 IKORODU LGA (LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICT), FEBRUARY 18TH-22ND, 2008
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 16,962
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 193
No of Male Tested 643
No of female tested 1, 138
Total 1, 781
8TH FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO IBEJU-LEKKI LGA, MARCH 17TH-21ST, 2008
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 4,962
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 123
9TH FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO OJO LGA, APRIL 21ST -26TH, 2008
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 6,491
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 120
10TH FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO MAINLAND LGA MAY 5TH -9TH, 2008
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 8,706
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 148
11TH FREE MEDICAL MISSION BY EKO CLUB INTERNATIONAL TO LAGOS ISLAND, IKOSI KETU, IKORODU AND NOFORIJA AUGUST 4TH -15TH, 2008
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 11,560
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 137
MEDICAL MISSION BY MEDICOS (HOSPITAL BASED MISSION), AUGUST, 2008
Focus was on Continuing Medical Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology surgery using Lagos Island Maternity, LASUTH and Ikorodu General Hospital.
43 patients were successfully operated on.
12th FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO MUSHIN LGA 9TH -13TH FEBRUARY, 2009
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 11,856
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 210
13th FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO AJEROMI-IFELODUN LGA 15TH -19TH JUNE, 2009
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 27, 061
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 148
14th FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO ETI-OSA EAST LGA SEPT. 28TH -2ND OCT., 2009
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 28, 650
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 179
15th FREE MEDICAL MISSION TO AGEGE LGA JAN 25TH – 29TH 2010
General Out-Patient Department (GOPD): 29, 663
GEN. SURGERY/OBS: 219
FREE MEDICAL MISSIONS
3 Outings to Oshodi - Isolo, Apapa and Shomolu Local Government Areas between January 2011 and 17th May, 2011
General Out- Patient - 92, 198
Dental Procedures - 2, 745
Surgical Procedures - 365
TOTAL NUMBER OF PATIENTS SEEN - 95, 308