Lagos restates commitment to upgrade healthcare system

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves at the media parley in Lagos.

The Lagos State government says it has developed a model to activate it’s Primary Health Care System, to enhance a sustainable health care delivery.

The State it was training medical professionals to address the problem of brain drain, medical tourism, as well as developing a blue print to improve quality of lives.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, gave this indication at a Media parley while highlight his plans for the Health sector in the years to come.

Professor Abayomi explained that ”the health model is anchored on upgrading of existing primary health centres, construction of new ones, recruitment of more health workers, strengthening of referral system among others.”

Universal health
On the plans for the provision of Universal Health coverage, Professor Abayomi said that the State government recognised primary healthcare as the base of healthcare system and would stop at nothing to bring quality and efficient health care services closers to the people.

“The present administration is  poised to ensuring that the entry point of the State health care system delivers on its mandate of providing quality basic health care services without any barrier whatsoever and it is in line with the government’s commitment to achieve universal health coverage.

”One of the core policy objectives of the present administration in the health sector is to increase access to health care services through the revitalisation of the Primary health system, this we are committed to…We will restructure health care deliveries in our comprehensive Primary Health Centres, upgrade existing ones as part of the drive to put confidence in the system and increase access to health care services,”  he said.

Health facilities
The Commissioner admitted that some health facilities in the State needed upgrading, stressing the need to redesigning as well as refurbishing some facilities.

“We want to change the way we construct medical facilities, from primary to secondary at the moment. There is no blue print and there is no standard, someone who used to building an office block now want to take up a contract to build a hospital. Building a health facilities is a complete discipline on his own. People go to the University just to learn how to build a medical structures,” Professor Abayomi stated.

He also stated that Lagos government was planning to ensure each local government and local council development area has one general Hospital.

Professor Abayomi stressed that the present administration, as part of the THEMES mandate has pledged to gradually increase the allocation to health from the present eight percent to 15 percent.

Other areas the Professor talked about include; Healthcare Financing, Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, Human Resources for Health, Biosecurity, mental health among others.


Mercy Chukwudiebere