Lagos - No fewer than 400 residents of Lagos were on Tuesday diagnosed freely by doctors under the aegis of Medical Guild in Lagos State.
The guild had organised a free medical screening exercise for the residents in collaboration with the Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area.
The medical screening covered diabetes, hypertension, dental care, eye care, treatment of minor ailments, free consultation and paediatrics care services.
The guild's chairman, Dr Olumuyinwa Odusote, said that the exercise would be frequent to reach all the local government areas in the state.
"We need to do more than lip service to the health of the people; the cornerstone of healthcare is actually community healthcare, that is, preventive.
"We need to catch diseases when they are just starting. In this way, we can stop progression of those diseases and attain a cure from those illnesses," Odusote said.
He said that there was need for both doctors and the community to refocus in order to be more productive in healthcare delivery.
According to him, the aim of the exercise is to make the people aware of the benefits of healthcare and the need for them to go for regular checkups.
Odusote said that many of the patients he diagnosed at the centre were not aware of their health conditions, while only few were aware.
"I have seen about eight patients and half of them are hypertensive and one can imagine how many more will have a condition as I go on.
"This is one of the problems we are trying to highlight that early diagnosis makes all the difference in therapy,” he said.
Dr Mohammad Salisu, a paediatrician, said that the large turnout of people did not indicate that people were becoming aware of the need to take care of their health.
Salisu said, "Probably, it may just be that people have a sense of wanting to care for themselves, but are afraid of the costs.
"So, they stay at home, managing their illness until it is beyond their capacity."
He urged the Federal Government to be more involved in the health of its Nigerians.