A Non-Governmental Organisation, Westfield Development Initiative, in partnership with Fidson Health care Plc, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Locke International Consultancy Limited and the Lagos State Government, has offered free malaria treatment to about 250 residents of Alimosho Local Government Area in the state.
The organisation also offered the beneficiaries free drugs, insecticide-treated nets and medical tests for malaria, diabetes and hypertension.
The Executive Director, WDI, Mrs. Omobola Lana, said the organisation was committed to preventing fatalities resulting from malaria.
She said, “Malaria is an issue of interest to one of our patrons and it is one ailment that affects many Nigerians; so we use the opportunity of this year’s Malaria Day to reach out to people in some communities.
“We decided to make it free because most malaria patients could not afford the cost of treatment and drugs, so some of them resort to taking herbs that may eventually kill them. These preventable deaths are what the organisation intends to stop.”
The Chairman of the local government, Mr. Sola Adekunle, represented by the Supervisor for Health, Mrs. Wemimo Ayodele, appreciated the gesture of the sponsors and called on the citizenry to maintain healthy environment.
“When it comes to health care delivery to the masses, the government cannot do everything, so when we have assistance from NGOs, we give our best in partnering with them,” she said.
The beneficiaries, who spoke to our correspondent, commended the organisers and called for the sustenance of the programme.
However, one of the directors of WDI and former Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe, said the initiative was to give back to the society and tackle malaria, which had killed both adults and children.
“The essence of the gesture was to support government in ensuring that malaria is eradicated from our society,” he added.