During the launching of the scheme on Friday, the lawmaker said the programme, which is targeted at 1000 residents, would take off with 250 persons in the first phase. He said 250 residents would be added every quarter until the number gets to 1000.
We are starting with 250 people in this phase. Our target is 1000 residents in Surulere; we are going to add 250 people every quarter until the number gets to 1000,” he said.
He noted that the idea behind not taking 1000 residents at once was to see how effective the preferred medical centres would be, and also to prevent a situation where too many people would have to struggle to get health services from the two centres. “We can’t do everything at once because we have only two major hospitals that they will be using, and we want to see how effective the hospitals will be. I don’t want to pack too many people and they are disenfranchised. We want to see how Goxi and Toptea medical centres will be able to attend to the people. Once their services are confirmed to be effective, another 250 people would be added before March 2022,” he added.