28th March, 2011
The lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Olajumoke Okoya-Thomas, last Thursday, organised a free malaria care progamme for the residents of the area.
The event, which held at the palace of Oba of Lagos in Iga Idunganran, Isale Eko, was attended by market women, traders, artisans, youths and politicians, who expressed their love for Olajumoke over the humanitarian gesture.
The free medical care was organised in conjunction with Gestard, a Non-Governmental Organisation, and the participants were tested for malaria and given free drugs and mosquito nets which were provided by the lawmaker.
Olajumoke, who revealed that she used to suffer from the deadly ailment, said she decided to organise a programme on malaria control to sensitise the people on the scourge and ensure they live a healthy life.
The lawmaker stated that she spent much to buy malaria drugsÂ and blood tonic to assist the people, adding that the event was also organised to sensitise Lagos Island residents about the danger posed by malaria.
According to Jumoke, who is seeking a third-term in office under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), â€œI desire good health for my people as their representative, if I am not in politics, I will still do what I am doing for them. Iâ€™ve been caring for them, the programme is about them. The care of the people is paramount in my mind. Iâ€™ve always said that the programme is not political.”
“It is a programme to enlighten the people about malaria. Every time I hear that people die of malaria, I always feel very concerned and IÂ have decided to do something about it. I did almost the same programme on HIV/AIDS. It is important for people to know about their environment, clean environment that is devoid of mosquitoes so that they can live peacefully,â€ she said.