The AVMCC Primary Health Care Centre

THE AVMCC had been operating a clinic as far back as 1983, to provide free health services for its members during worship services on Sundays.

         

It did this through the Medical Society (now the Medical Ministry) which comprised members of the church who were health professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others). Essentially, the idea was to give medical attention to worshippers who took ill during service or developed such illness overnight or on their way to the church.

         

When Adetiloye House was completed, a sizeable part of its ground floor was allocated to the clinic. Then in June 2009, a decision was taken by the church to upgrade the facility to a primary health centre providing out-patient medical services throughout the week from Monday to Friday, while retaining its emergency services on Sundays. Part of the recommendation was that the facility should become a fee-paying institution with some full-time staff while volunteer medical professionals in the church would still give their support.

         

The AVMCC Primary Health Care facility is being managed by a 10-member board headed by Professor Michael Bankole, a paediatric surgeon, who says its activities are focused mainly on preventive, proactive health care. Hence it has various programmes such as ante natal care, under-5 clinic for mothers, and immunisation. Cases it cannot handle are usually referred to other better-equipped health facilities like the DLW Mother and Child Hospital, Agege and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

         

According to Mrs Gina Okolo, the matron, a daily average of 25 patients attend the health centre, including members of the  church and largely people from  the immediate community who desire to take advantage of the relatively cheap cost, ready availability of drugs and friendly disposition of staff.