LAPO Provides Free Medical Outreach In Oyo State

About 1,000 residents of Bashorun Community in Ibadan, Oyo State have benefitted from the free healthcare screening and treatment programme of Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO).

The free medical outreach was initiated by the organization in 2015 to bridge the gap in the provision of healthcare services to rural areas, according to Sabina Idowu-Oshehobo, the Executive Director,

The Executive Director expressed concern that poor access to timely and quality healthcare has contributed to the poverty level in the society, adding that rural residents often encounter barriers to healthcare.

She said LAPO has over the years demonstrated an uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of social, health and economic empowerment programmes targeting disadvantaged groups.

She called on well-meaning Nigerians and other private organisations to partner with the government in providing timely and affordable healthcare services to rural residents, noting that “periodic free medical screening and treatment organised by LAPO is aimed at promoting easy access to quality and appropriate healthcare services in rural areas.

The Health Manager, Dr Ayo Obadiora, described the health outreach as a part of the efforts to discourage patronage of quacks and selfmedication, noting that LAPO provides screening and treatment for various illnesses including skin infections, worm infestations, hypertension, diarrhoea, diabetes, stomach ulcer, spondylosis and arthritis, among others.

The Chief Medical Director in charge of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Ibadan North, Dr Monday Famakinwa, commended the gesture, saying it would make life better for the people. Famakinwa also applauded the organisation for bringing in qualified medical practitioners to deliver healthcare to the people.