In line with the promise of the administration of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, in his ‘THEMES’ agenda for a greater Lagos, the State Government through the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB) in conjunction with Lagos State Infrastructure Management Agency (LASIAMA) and the various Local Governments involved, today flag-off the upgrade in three Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) of Mende, Akoka and Abule-Nla out of the twenty (20) PHCs designated and located in the five divisions of the State that have already been approved for upgrade by Mr Governor.
The upgrade of the primary healthcare centres is a major step in the governor’s plan to improve the healthcare system in the state. The Permanent Secretary of LSPHCB, Dr Ibrahim Akinwunmi Mustafa, represented by Pharm. Shakirat Adeosun, at the flag-off ceremony, said that the upgrade of the twenty PHCs across the State would fulfil the Governor’s promise of infrastructure upgrade in the letter ‘H’ of the THEMES agenda, which stands for Health and Environment.
Adeosun also noted that “these upgrades would provide conducive, comfortable and hospitable environment for both the health workers and the patients, as well as, enhancing smooth delivery of health care service to the communities”. The primary healthcare centres will be equipped with modern facilities and infrastructure, including new equipment, facilities for patients, and comfortable waiting areas for patients and their families.
The General Manager of LASIAMA, Mrs Adenike Adekanbi, who was also present at all three flag-off ceremonies, opined that LASIAMA as a government agency had been mandated to ensure that all infrastructure upgrades and construction are at par with global standards. She, therefore, reiterated that the agency is involved in order to ensure that standards are not compromised while also ensuring the delivery of dividends of Mr Governor’s promises to Lagos inhabitants and visitors alike. Each PHC upgrade is expected to be completed between three to six months of commencement.
The Local Government Chairman, where the twenty PHCs for upgrading are located, promised maximum cooperation with the State Government team, as well as the contractors. They also said that, if need be, they would ensure evacuation of the operations of the affected PHC to a nearby one in order not to create a vacuum within the community. Enumerating the fact that this type of synergy between the various levels of government is what good governance is about.
In addition to upgrading primary healthcare centres, the state government is also working on other healthcare-related projects. These include the construction of new hospitals, the recruitment of more healthcare workers, and the training and development of existing healthcare workers. The state government is also working to improve access to healthcare services for residents of rural and remote areas.
This move by the state government is a positive step towards improving the healthcare system in Lagos and ensuring that residents have access to quality healthcare services. The upgraded primary healthcare centres will serve as a model for other states in Nigeria and the rest of Africa to follow. They will improve the overall health and well-being of the citizens of Lagos State.
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