LASG Targets 250,000 To Reduce Visual, Hearing Impairment

The Lagos State Government has revealed plans to reach 250,000 residents to prevent visual and hearing impairment in the state.

The state government through its 4th edition of the BOSKOH HMI Medical Outreach targets no fewer than 250,000 beneficiaries.

Unveiling the plan at the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu/Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat Health Mission International Medical Outreach tagged “JigiBola Relaunch” on Thursday, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu reiterated the importance of an optimal healthcare sector in the state and Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy,Obafemi Hamzat said the 2022 edition of the programme it would benefit Lagos residents in eight local government areas community sites, eight market sites and eight Police Barracks

The local government areas include Oshodi/Isolo, Ibeju/Lekki, Surulere, Amuwo-Odofin, Eti-Osa, Kosofe, Mushin and Somolu.

“Health as we all know is wealth, and only healthy people make a healthy nation; this underscores the importance of healthy living in any 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 HMI.

“The massive impact recorded during the introduction of this initiative and the joy of residents in Lagos State who benefitted from the Jigi-Bola Initiative under the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos State saved several lives from preventable blindness.

“The initiative restored beneficiaries to their livelihood, and this justifies our decision to keep it on after the initial relaunch in 2019,” the governor explained.

Sanwo-Olu assured that his administration had made enough provisions to carry out free sight and hearing aid screening on residents across the state, to ensure residents did not lose their vision and hearing organs when it could be prevented.

He said that through the BOSKOH HMI, his administration had continued to lead the frontiers in delivering good healthcare.

“We have taken a bold step of broadening the scope of the mission to include other health provisions beyond the provision of visual and hearing aids programme, to cater for the needs of Lagos residents whose health needs do not fall within visual and hearing impairments.

“Vision and hearing difficulties before they become impaired can be prevented with early detection, care, and other medical interventions.”

The governor, therefore, reassured of his administration’s commitment to improving the well-being and welfare of the people through the BOSKOH HMI.

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