Star Clinic begins free health cliinic service programme for the young and elderly members of the society, starting with the Ikorodu community, Lagos state.
The health programme is an initiative of Dr. Adeolu Olusodo, founder of Star Clinic, which offers free medical services and treatments to people from ages 0-12 and adults from the age of 60 and above.
The programme is created to celebrate the first year anniversary of the clinic's existence as it also looks to better the lives of the host community, Ikorodu, who are the primary beneficiaries, as well as members of the general public through the free health service access opened to all.
According to Dr. Olusodo, whose 15 years experience in the profession has seen him work with Arinola clinic, Bambi hospital in Ebute-meta Lagos amongst others, including series of humanitarian services in the health sector, the health service is for everyone's benefits and as such it is not restricted to the residents of Ikorodu alone.
He further informed that this particular free health care service is the second phase of an already ongoing initiative. He said, "we are currently running a total free health service for public primary school pupils from the ages of 5-12 where over 100 children have been registered and benefiting from the programme, but it is restricted to public primary school wards and will run for one year".
A beneficiary identified as Prince Niyi Osikomaiya stated that "So far so good, the hospital has being trying their best in this community even our political personal are also benefiting from it and also the CDA chairman around this area are also patronizing the hospital" He added that, "I can remember the last time my wife had an accident and she was given adequate attention and treatment". Another patient who chose to remain anonymous said that doctor Olusodo is a very nice man who God sent as an angle to mankind. I received diabetes treatment here at the hospital and my daughter gave birth safely. She however urged the government to provide assistance for the clinic; "he needs enough facilities and other well trained doctors to also assist him in the program".
While stating the challenges faced in the process, he listed finance and people's involvement as the core setbacks during Star Clinic's humanitarian service. Adding that, "People sometimes, due to fear of reduced services do not tell other about the programme because they feel increased participation will affect the capacity but this is wrong and as such we carry out more publicity than usual."
He urged the entire public to contribute their quota, no matter how little, from as low as 500 naira upwards to ensure that this initiative continues. Dr. Olusodo also informed that once this phase 2 is fully covered, they will embark on the third phase which will be for pregnant women to ensure the total coverage of the free health service for all and adviced intending beneficiaries and participators to visit www.freeclinicsinitiative.wordpress.com for more info on how to participate and contribute to the programme.