By Ngozi Okpalakunne
Over 5,000 Lagosians have benefitted from an ongoing free surgery operation organised by BOSKOH, a team of resident doctors in Lagos state in partnership with PROFOH, a foreign medical team.
The exercise which is currently ongoing in different primary health centers in the state is part of the organisers efforts to provide free medical care to indigent Lagosians.
Speaking at the flag off of the programme at the General Hospital, Shomolu, APC Lagos state governorship candidate, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu described the exercise which include hernia ,tumors, fibroids, lumps among others as a unique one that would enable people who have been managing their ailments for many years at home, to get free medical attention.
Sanwo -Olu who is also part of the organisers said: “We discovered that there are people who require surgical medical operation, so we decided to get health personnel on ground. It is service to humanity, beyond politics.”
Chairman Shomolu Local Government Area. Hon. AbdulAmeen Salaudeen called on Lagosians to live in a healthy environment, eat healthy food, adding that health is wealth and that only healthy people can fulfill their civic responsibilities.
Also speaking, the wife of Sanwo- Olu, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu assured those with medical surgery challenges present that their cases will be attended to.
Ibioke however, urged the beneficiaries to vote for her husband during the gubernatorial election.
APC deputy governorship candidate, Lagos state, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat lauded the medical mission , saying that they have restored life back to the sick.
Driving his point home, Kadri said: “A woman came to me in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos state and asked me to thank the BOSKOH medical team for taking care of her 20 years ailment”.
Head of PFOFOH, Gbimieotor Daniel Kama, affirmed that the team has been carrying out free medical treatment over the years and added that they have had thousands of surgical procedures in Nigeria and outside the country over the years.
The surgical operations we have carried out include; hernia, tumors, different kinds of surgeries, fibroids among others. We’ve been taking in as many people as possible until the medical team is tired and could not take in any people any longer. Sometimes we do up to 20 types of surgeries in a day. You never know until you get inside the theater, there may be a lot of complications you’ll find there, Kama affirmed.
Cliff Jarrell Director, the head of PROFOH in Nigeria observed that there were long list of people with different kinds of surgical operations such as cancers, malignant and non malignant types, tumors, orthopedic cases and classes of plastic surgeries and that the team with the aid of their foreign counterpart, have been able to attend to such medical challenges.
Nike Osa, head of PROFOH said that they decided to engage in such humanitarian service so as to contribute their own quota in reducing the number of surgeries as much as possible.
According to her, designated areas for surgeries include: Onikan General Hospital, pediatric cases in Lagos General Hospital.
In her words: :The one week campaign is dynamic and it is an opportunity to reach out to the grass root, to people that cannot afford the medical expense of the surgical operation. It’s an immediate intervention for them because we have emergency cases in community like this and cannot access medical care”.
Given a brief background of PROFOH, she said: “We have been in existence since over 22 years, but with BOSKOH, this is the first intervention programme. For PROFOH, we have professionals for humanity group of doctors, nurses microbiologists, health workers based in Houston, Texas, we also have doctors from Israel, Germany, UK Ireland we are collaborating with resident BOSKOH doctors here in Nigeria to make the programme a success Osa added.