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Pathcare Nigeria provides free medical service for Yaba residents


PathCare Nigeria (producers of popular medical radio show “Doctors on air”) in collaboration with top Lagos radio stations Classic FM 97.3 and Naija 102.7 FM, have put together its 2015 edition of the Annual Medical Mission – a free Public health care programme for local residents at Yaba Local Government office, Yaba, Lagos.

The “Doctors on Air Medical Mission” which is in its fourth season, render free Medical services to no less than 2,500 citizens a day at chosen community with the selfless assistance of volunteer Doctors.

Free services offered include; Medical counselling and advice, tests on blood pressure, Blood Glucose, cholesterol, breast screening, Kidney tests, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood donations, dental consultation, and eye examination amongst others.

According to Deji Awokoya, Group General Manager, Mega Lectrics Ltd, Classic FM takes its role in the community very seriously and this opportunity to be of service is something Classic FM find very rewarding and will remain committed to the exercise.

“Doctors on Air a programme on classic FM addresses feedbacks from callers, it became obvious that people wanted a chance to be able to speak to doctors and talk about their health challenges. We decided to set up the ‘medical mission’ where people get a chance to come and see doctors and talk about their problems,” he explained.

“Some people are treated at the medical mission, others with critical cases are referred to the hospital and the doctors check up on them.” Adekoya added.

Pamela Ajayi, Managing Director Path Care Nigeria, also expressed excitement at the event. “Our two CSR initiative in Path Care is Health education and giving free care and testing to under-privileged people. With this in mind we created the ‘Doctors on Air’ which gives education to the people. In conjunction with Classic Fm, we have brought it together to be ‘Doctors on Air Medical Mission’ which is done once a year.”

She explained that the annual CSR which failed to hold last year (2014) owing to the Ebola scare has been on for four years now, adding that the medical mission is something that will remain sustainable.

While commending the organisation and radio stations that initiated the programme, Bola Lawal Olumegbon, Executive Secretary Yaba Estate said this is a laudable programme as there are doctors available to attend to patients and a lot of drugs to be given out for free.

“This is a good development for us because it will motivate the people in the community to work together with the local government and the organisers of the programme. We have success stories from people of the community who have testified to us how they benefited greatly from their gesture,” she explained.

Supporters of the initiative include; PathCare, Bridge Clinic, Mopheth Pharmacy, The Eye doctors, Medplus, Healthplus, Paelon Memorial, Renaissance Medical, Fidson Healthcare, Megacare limited, Skye Dental, Chike Okoli Foundation, New Heights pharmacy, Fan milk, Access Bank, Leadway Assurance, Lagos state Blood donation service, Bernados pharmacy, CDMA LUTH and many more.