By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The legislator representing Alimosho Constituency 1, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, on Thursday declared open the 7th edition of the Free Health Mission organised by Prince Hope Turns To Reality Foundation which was his initiative.
The Free Health Mission is the lawmaker’s annual health intervention programme for his constituents who suffer from gangloid, keloid, diabetes , lumpectomy and many other critical diseases including hepatitis, eye disease and some mild health diseases.
Yusuff, while addressing the participants, said that there were enough medical doctors available to attend to various medical complains of the people, urging them not to be in haste to leave the venue.
The lawmaker advised the participants to carefully follow the medical instructions of the practitioners, saying that the exercise was for them to benefit.
Shortly after addressing the participants and taken round the special guests for monitoring, the lawmaker in an interview with newsmen, explained that he didn’t only use the programme as a point of contact between him and the people of Alimosho but also to celebrate his birthday with his constituents.
Yusuff stressed ” I decided to use this year edition of Free Health Mission to celebrate my birthday with the ‘have not’ in my constituency by making sure that people with various medical challenges are treated free without paying any money. How will I go out with people that have and sit with them to celebrate my birthday when my people are living in agony . It is good to use this occasion to reflect on what God has done for me by extending the goodness to the less privileged.
“It is an annual free health programme organised by Prince Hope Turns To Reality Foundation which I am the initiator. Our people suffers health wise and so I believe this annual programme would attend to health challenges they could not financially capable to handle.
” God has endowed me with good health and people gave me their mandate to represent them, it is not my mandate and I have to use it for their benefit”
He added ” “We will attend to two types of people. We have people for surgical operation and those for normal check up. About 30,000 people would come for general check up. About 500 others would get free eye glasses. Today alone, we have registered more than 300 people,” he said.
On how he had been financing the annual event, Yusuff said that it depended on attitude which he said determined the altitude.
He revealed that he usually saved money for the project whenever he received his salary and his family members and other people have also been supporting the project financially.
“If you are willing to help you will save money for that. There are some good people who supported me and gave me their token.
“My family members have been very supportive. There is a special account that I created for it. Every month when I collect my salary, I save into the account. No matter the difficulty I am going through, I would not go into it. It is about discipline,” said the lawmaker
Yusuff revealed he was inspired by the feedback and prayers he got from people.
“When you do something and you get a lot of inspiration through prayers, you would be happy. Even when I am going on the streets they would stop me and appreciate me. Once I hear their inspiring words these encourage me to do more.
“The magnitude of people that phone and talk to me is much. There is a particular person here from Calabar in Cross River State, imagine that. We are going global now.
“The programme is for five days. The permanent site for surgery is here, but we will treat people in all the other outreaches in the whole of Alimosho Area.
“There are outreaches in Mosan Okunola, Agbado Oke Odo, Egbe Idimu, Alimosho. Ayobo Ipaja is for today, others will start benefiting from tomorrow,” he said.
Also, in an interview with newsmen, Serki Hausawa in Alimosho, Alhaji Ahmed Haruna, commended the lawmaker for the gesture, adding that his people had benefitted from the programme over the years.
” Our people are constant beneficiaries of the Free Health Mission. I sincerely commend Hon. Bisi Yusuff for this annual health programme for the people of Alimosho”, said Haruna
Also speaking, the Medical Director of Okiki Hospital, Alimosho, Dr. Oladokun Samson Alaba stated that it was about helping humanity and giving back to the society.
“All the doctors here don’t collect money. I want to give back to humanity from what I got from them.
“Some of them come to me and I feel I should be able to help them. We met with the lawmaker and we agreed on what to do. So, we are going to do surgery for the people free of charge,” he said.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile -Yusuff, who was at the kickoff programme, commended the lawmaker for the gesture, and called on other public office holders to emulate him.
The Commissioner stated that healthcare was an important aspect of life and that the programme would go a long way to help the less privileged.
She added that the state government had done a lot in the area of healthcare and that more programmes were currently going on in this regard.
However, part of the beneficiaries of today’s commencement of the exercise who spoke with newsmen, expressed joy and happiness, eulogising the lawmaker for the free health mission.
Elder Samson Aremu, who was treated for teeth ache, commended the lawmaker , saying that he was never billed for the surgery. He attested to the fact that some of his friends had been beneficiaries of the previous editions.
Mrs Fatima Adewunmi, praised the initiator of the Free Health Mission, stating that she had frequently for years personally foot the bills to treat her oilment.
” I can never forget Hon. Bisi Yusuff in my life for this gesture. I have spent money on my health without solution for years but today, I enjoyed free treatment and adequate medical attention from the doctors.
Adewunmi stressed that the free health mission had helped the people of the constituency for years, saying that after the surgery she was given free drugs.