Lagos State Government on Tuesday said 250,000 Lagosians will benefit from the relaunch of the JIGIBOLA healthcare initiative.
The programme was relaunched on Tuesday at the Ikeja Police College Ground.
Speaking at the event, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the relaunch of JIGIBOLA would not only take care of free eye screening but the relaunch have gone a step further by distributing hearing aids.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hazmat said the idea which was first launched twenty years ago by the then Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was borne out of his concern to reduce the negative effect of preventable visual impairment on residents of the state
He said: “We have relaunched the JIGIBOLA to reinstate our commitment to improving healthcare in Lagos State.
“The programme which will cut across the 20 Local Government across the state will benefit about 250,000 Lagosians in the first instance.”
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu at the event said 2.7 million adults age 40 and above have moderate visual impairment and an additional 400,000 adults are severely visually impaired, quoting the International Centre for Eye Health.
She noted that the current administration decided to relaunch the JIGIBOLA initiative to strengthen the state’s capacity for effective eye care delivery at the grassroots which will cut across all Local Governments in the state and will include.
The programme will involve early detection of eye conditions that may lead to blindness, eye and ear health education, free treatment and eye surgery and distribution of hearing aid.
The new initiative is in conjunction with BOSKOH LAGOS HMI.
In his address at the event, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu declared that the country is sitting on a bomb over its rising population without corresponding plans for the citizens.
The monarch said no matter the good intention of government without plans that correspond with the number of its citizens, it would result in disaster.
Akiolu, who shared same view with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the rising population of the country, also reechoed the alarm raised by the former president, noting that currently, the government is only capable of taking care of five percent of the population of youths while the remaining 95 percent are roaming about.
“This initiative is a laudable one but you need to add education, right from elementary, secondary school to university…. My dear son, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who introduced this programme did a lot of research before he came out with it 20 years ago and it has helped a lot. I commend this present governor because he came on board at a difficult time,” Oba Akiolu said.