Lagos residents are to enjoy free medicare between May 15 and August 31 2018, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

The healthcare service that will begin on Tuesday will screen and provide treatment for residents with common ailments, including eye and dental care. 

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said the programme, tagged “The Eko Mission," would hold in selected local government and local council development areas of the state.

During the period, the medical mission would visit the selected LGAs and LCDAs for three days each.

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According to him, the starting point will be Ajeromi Local Government Secretariat from May 15 to 17; Iba Local Council Development Secretariat May 22 to 24 and Apapa-Ignamu Local Government Secretariat May 30 to June 1.

“Other LGAs and LCDAs to be visited during the free medical expedition programme are Oriade, Lagos-Mainland, Lekki, Ejigbo, Ikoyi Obalende, Ikosi-Isheri, Ikosi-Ejirin and Agbado-Oke Odo local government and local council development areas," he said

A statement by Adeola Salako, spokesperson for the state Ministry of Health, said that the programme served as alternative access to healthcare delivery especially to people at the grassroots.

“The government is continuously finding ways to improve the health status of its ever increasing population.

“The plan for achieving this is based on the health policy thrust which is guided by the noble goal that every Lagosian enjoys unfettered access to qualitative healthcare without any barrier whatsoever.

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"The strategies adopted in implementing these policies includes the introduction and provision of various programmes that have direct impact on the health outcome of Lagosians.

"These programmes are geared toward promoting health, detecting diseases early, and offering treatment and rehabilitation,"he said.

The commissioner said that the programme was geared toward ensuring universal health coverage.