As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility project, we supported and sponsored students of Nigerian Medical Laboratory Science Student Association (Unilag Chapter) during their 8th annual Health Week program(8th -13th of September, 2019) which was aimed at impacting and giving back to the community through improving health and encouraging healthy practice amongst members of the community.
The Health Week featured a medical outreach exercise at the OBELE ONIWALA COMMUNITY, off Itire road, Surulere. Prior notice was given and thorough awareness done to notify the inhabitants of the community. Participating members enjoyed access to free medical examination under the supervision of Dr. Rahmat Odesesan –The Medical Health Officer for Akerele PHC. They were screened for common diseases such as Malaria, Hepatitis, Obesity, Hypoglycemia and Tuberculosis.
The USAID SHOPS PLUS Project Network Officer for the National TB program (NTBLCP) -Mrs Cynthia Airede- addressed the participants and asked baseline questions (based on recent health history) to ascertain the presumptive cases for Tuberculosis testing, the resulting presumptive cases were then handed a properly labelled sputum sample bottle and they were educated on how to produce the sputum which was collected and transported safely to our facility for TB testing using the Gene Xpert machine. This is in tandem with the National TB control program focused on finding the missing TB cases in Lagos, Nigeria.
There was an impressive rate of turnout –youth groups, artisans, the elderly, women and children alike– were all present. The community expressed their gratitude towards the initiative and thanked the students for bringing such advantage to their domain.
The health week also featured an Academic Symposium held at the Hedges place -Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi araba. The Final year class of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science and other students alike, Lecturers from the college of medicine and other important notable guest converged at the venue hall where The Laboratory Director and M.D/CEO of EL-LAB LIMITED gave a keynote presentation on “The risk of our community; Modern Laboratory Diagnosis of Tuberculosis”. He used the opportunity to encourage the younger generation of Medical Laboratory Scientists (in view) which he is dedicated to build up for the future of the Nigeria healthcare delivery system, charging them to keep their eyes on the prize and take more responsibility as key stakeholders in Health sector. He also reminded them that there cannot be complete treatment of Tuberculosis (or any other disease) without diagnosis and that the fight to END TB in Nigeria can be won if “we” as Medical Laboratory Scientists play our key role in helping to find the missing cases.
EL-Lab Medical Diagnostics and Research Center is an indigenous medical diagnostic center based in Festac Town, Lagos, Nigeria, offering state-of-the-art medical diagnostic services to patients in Lagos and environs.