In its commitment to advancing the well-being of its people, as enshrined in the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda, as well as put smiles on the faces of the residents, the Lagos State government has re-launched the Jigi-Bola and the free BOSKOH Healthcare Mission International (HMI) Medical Outreach.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat at the event, which held at the Police College, Ikeja, on Thursday, said that since only healthy people make a healthy nation, the healthcare programme, “underscores the importance of healthy living in any society, hence the need to ensure optimal healthcare that cuts across age-divide in society.
“We must look after our health and every part of our bodies hence the need to relaunch the Jigi-Bola Initiative, in conjunction with BOSKOH Healthcare Mission International.”
He stated that the free sight and hearing aid programme, which is the fourth edition, is aimed at improving and strengthening the state’s capacity for efficient eye and ear care delivery at the grassroots, and to ensure that Lagosians do not lose their vision and hearing organs when these could have been prevented.
The free services being provided are: early detection of eye conditions that may lead to blindness; eye and ear education; free eye and ear surgery and treatment; and free eye glasses and free hearing aids.
Sanwo-Olu said that “Through the BOSKHO Health Mission International, this administration has continued to lead the frontiers in delivering good healthcare as we took the bull by the horn, adding diagnosis for hearing-impairments and the provision of hearing-aids.”
He said that considering the status of Lagos as a megacity and its ever-increasing population, the BOSKOH Health Mission Initiative targeted and identified 250,0000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) residents in need of visual and hearing aids at the third edition of the Jigi-Bola Re-launch and BOSKOH Health Mission Initiative held last year.
In the fourth edition, according to the governor, “BOSKOH Health Mission Initiative has made enough provision to carry out routine screening exercise on the residents across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs of the state.”
Confirming that his administration has also taken the bolder step by broadening the scope of the health mission to include other health provisions beyond the provision of visual and hearing aids programme to cater for the need of Lagosians whose health needs do not fall within visual and hearing impairments, Sanwo-Olu added that “Visual and hearing losses are the most prevalent sensory disabilities globally, and we do not have to be apologetic about its growing number of cases, but to take deliberate actions in reducing the statistics in our dear state.
“Vision and hearing difficulties before they become impaired can be prevented with early detection, care and other medical interventions. Hence, it has become essential to continue in this direction with the BOSKOH Lagos Healthcare Mission International by re-stating our commitment to improve the well-being and welfare of our dear residents”.
According to the governor, the massive impact recorded during the introduction of the healthcare initiative and the joy of residents in Lagos State who benefitted from the Jigi-Bola Initiative, which was started under the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos State, whose audacious health intervention saved several lives from preventable blindness and restored beneficiaries back to their livelihood, attested to the relevance of Jigi Bola and also justifies the decision to keep it on after the initial relaunch in 2019.