Pic(1) Dr. Lanre attending to one the residents of the community
Pic (2) some residents of the area receiving drugs after being attended to
Pic (3) some of the residents waiting to be attended to
As the world celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this year, one thing the residents of Lagos Mainland Local Government of Lagos State, popularly called Ebute-metta, we not forget in hurry is when over 500 them got free medical services, courtesy of a nongovernmental organization, ‘O’Larry Cares Initiative.
These residents who gathered at the Savage Compound on Apapa Road, were tested and treated free of charge of all forms of ailment, raging from sugar and blood levels, hepatitis, HIV, eyes problems, high blood pressure and others.
The man behind the program, Dr. Olarenwaju Tajudeen Ayoade, described the gesture as ‘giving back to the community’ that made him.
In his words: “this projects started about three years ago, this is the community where I grow up. I decides to give back to the community, especially, what I think was that the people need most but may be unaffordable to many.
“For the last three years, we give glory to God, it has touched so many lives. The first one was in 2017, we had it at Oko-Baba community, where we have 10 surgery done successful, several drugs were given out freely, test on various ailments were also conducted freely. For last year, which was second edition, we also had free operations done successful and test.
“This year, which happened to be third edition, we are catering for 500 people and cater for free surgery for 30 people, give out eye glasses, drugs, and refer to issue that cannot be solve to the general hospitals”.
Dr. Lanre, whose his pet project called “O’Larry Cares Initiative”, commended the residents of the community for not toying with their health, as he said trooped out beyond his expectations.
“This morning, before I got here over 300 people were already on ground, that is to tell us that people values their health. Am really impressed with the turnout”.
Dr. Lanre, who is a surgeon said those who health issues cannot be attend to at the event are being refer to general hospitals.
He advise other professionals and well meaning Nigerians to always be their brothers keepers, this he said will go along way in reducing untimely death in the country.
“We the stakeholders shouldn’t leave all things for the government, the government can’t meet the demands of the populace, we that are stakeholders, should always come out and assist our people in any area we in a little way we can”.
One of the beneficiaries of the program, Mrs. Munirat Jimoh said: “the program is a laudable one, I really appreciate it. I want others who are professionals to also emulate Dr. Lanre, by this the burden will reduced on the wide of the government, and we people can also live a health life”.
A resident of the community, Mr. Oluwaseun Williams, while commending the initiator of the free health mission, advised other professionals to follow his footsteps in bringing succour to their communities.