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Clinic takes free medical outreach to Lagos Island residents


Dr. Chima Oti

Over 300 residents of Lagos Island have benefited from a free community health outreach recently organised by Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic.

With the theme, “fight on non-communicable diseases”, the program was held at Onikan healthcare Centre, Lagos.

It featured free blood pressure check, blood sugar testing, drug dispensing, clinical breast and cervical cancer screening, Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA), prostrate evaluation, basic eye check, glasses prescription, dental check, medical counseling, nutrionist and physiotherapist consult.

According to, Dr. Chima Oti, a director at Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic, the outreach was aimed at bringing free qualitative healthcare to the people, as well as creating awareness on non communicable diseases, which could actually kill without showing symptoms.

Oti who noted that enough is not done in the nations health sector especially in the grassroots in terms of awareness, urged the government to step of the tide in ensuring the delivery of affordable health services to low income earning.

Family Physician and a director at the Centre, Dr. Ikunna Onwuanibe who hinted on plans to take the medical outreach to more communities in the state, charged the residents to invest in their health through regular medical tests and screening.

”We were able to run a few medical tests, give counseling, administered medications and refer people to the right authorities where necessary. We also spoke to the residents on general health management”.

“We should learn as a people to take adequate care of our health, only then can we prevent diseases. This is best guaranteed through early detection and testing, we shouldn’t wait to be sick to diagnose ourselves or when it’s critical or rushed to the hospital. Invest in yourself and go for regular check up, this will ensure the control of an existing problem or forestall complications”

She further advised the governments at all levels to properly invest in primary healthcare, which is closer to the people in order to close the huge gap in the sector.

According to her constant training and support for all those who provide basic health care for communities was necessary to attain the desired height in protecting the health of the people.

One of the recipients, Blessing Ejeh, a 25-year old student of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), lauded the Centre for the gesture while also enjoining other corporate organisations to emulate them by partnering with government to take the rural health mission to other communities.

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