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LAWMA organises free medical screenings for sweepers

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has organised a free medical screening for over 1000 Sanitation Workers (Street Sweepers) at the Authority’s Headquarters, Ijora Olopa.

The Acting Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, while speaking at the event noted that the exercise was a testament to the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to prioritise the wellness of LAWMA Sweepers.

He said, “Your well-being is our priority. Whatever happens to your health will affect us in one way or the other. Therefore, we don’t want any ill health to befall you. Today, your blood pressure, sugar level, urine and eye as well as hepatitis will be checked for proper diagnosis. The aim of this is to manage the health of our workers and detect early health issues.

“Our sweepers are our heroes, we need to take good care of them. We have over 16,000 of them who keep Lagos clean every day. We aim to ensure we capture that all of them participate in this screening exercise and there will be follow-ups.

“Some will be recommended for further consultation. Some will be for referral while others will be given medications. All of these are to ensure their health is properly managed. We appreciate the Governor for his consistent support”, he added.

The Medical Director of LAWMA, Dr. (Mrs.) Modupe Okoh noted that the medical screening exercise was a demonstration of the state’s commitment to the welfare of LAWMA’s workforce, adding that early detection of diseases would go a long way in helping to manage the health of sweepers who work tirelessly on our roads.

One of the beneficiaries, Nafisat Rahman, appreciated the state government for the medical checks, saying “We do spend a lot on hospital bills, but this kind of initiative, will reduce expenses and we will be more aware of our health status. I want them to continue with this kind of exercise”.

Another beneficiary, Godwin Imeh, said the medical screening exercise was a nice initiative. He encouraged the authorities to continue to prioritise the welfare of sweepers.

In attendance at the event were members of LAWMA’s management staff.

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