More than 3,000 residents of Oyo South Senatorial district benefited from the free medical service initiated by the senator representing the district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin.
The health outreach which was organized by his political platform, SOLAN organisation, had a combined team of medical professionals from the United States of America and the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Beneficiaries were tested and treated for different ailments, particularly, hypertension, diabetes, eye related problems, women and child-related health issues among others.
Officially flagging off the free healthcare service, the senator said the essence of the initiative was to play his part in ensuring healthy and quality live for the people who gave him the mandate to represent them at the upper chambers of the Nigeria’s National Assembly. He said the exercise would be an annual event.
Coordinator General of SOLAN Organisation, Tajudeen Olujide, said the organisation collaborated with Labak Care Incorporated, a team of medical experts from the U.S., to execute the programme.
According to him, apart from giving their patients free drugs for their ailments, they were counseled on their intake to stem the risks associated with their individual kinds of ailments.
Mr. Olujide added that the U.S. team was assisted by medical personnel from UCH to ensure that more people enjoy the free medical care while it lasted.
He said the turnout was so impressive that the police had a hectic time controlling the crowd.
“We had a lot of people coming for the exercise because it was free. So many people cannot afford to go to the hospitals because they do not have the money to pay for medical consultancy and treatment.
“With this many people, who didn’t know they were walking corpses, had the privilege of knowing their health situation and what to do to enjoy better health,” he said.
One of the participants, 70-year-old Ajadi Oseni, said he had been harbouring arthritis for years because he could not afford the drug prescribed for him when he was first diagnosed of it.