Pitan, friends commence free medical mission for Lagosians
Former Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr. Leke Pitan, and his friends, under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) and Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Lagos State Chapters, will from Monday, August 4, commence a free medical outreach to all 20 local government Areas and 37 local council development areas of the state.
The programme will be run by qualified, experienced and specialist doctors from the three medical professional bodies. They will attend to various health challenges of the general public and dispense drugs to them free of charge at each location.
The team will also include experienced eye specialists who will conduct on-the-spot eye screening, dispense drugs and give glasses free of charge to residents in the various communities.
In addition, there shall be free cancer screening, hypertension and diabetes screening, urine tests, general check-up and body mass index verifications.
Shedding light on the initiative at his Ikeja office at the weekend, Dr. Pitan described the exercise as his own way of giving back to the society from his God-given area of knowledge and specialisation.
“This is not the first time my friends and I are undertaking this sort of community assistance. So when my friends came up with this idea again, I naturally said yes since it’s obvious it will benefit a large number of our people, especially at the grassroots, and on a long time basis. This is clearly beyond politics. It’s a practical way of adding value to people’s lives beyond the immediate. I am very proud of my friends for offering themselves freely to improve the health status of all Lagosians,” he said.
It will be recalled that the NMA and AGPMPN have just endorsed the political aspiration of Dr. Pitan at separate ceremonies.
Dr. Pitan is one of the leading aspirants under the banner of the All Progressives Congress(APC), jostling for the governorship ticket to contest the 2015 elections in Lagos State.
The NMA, at its just concluded 54th Annual Congress, unanimously passed a motion moved by Dr. Adedamola Dada to endorse the gubernatorial ambition of Dr. Pitan.
Also, the AGPMPN, at its special congress held recently, has also endorsed the political aspiration of Dr. Pitan.
The Annual General Meeting of the NMA is the highest decision-making body of the association. It comprises all the executive members and elders of the association.
Dr. Pitan is a National Honours Rolls Awardee of the NMA.
The free medical mission will kick off in the Alimosho Federal Constituency on August 4. The exercise will have Dr. Pitan personally leading the team.
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