Fashola Flags Off Medical Health Mission In 3 LGA/LCDAs
• “Primary Healthcare will remain our priority”, the Governor says
Nov 5, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday flagged off a 3-day Mini-Health Mission in three Local Government/Local Council Development Areas in the State with a resolve that Primary Healthcare will remain top priority of his administration.
The three Local Government/Local Council Development Areas are Oshodi Local Government Area, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area and Isolo Local Council Development Area.
Governor Fashola, who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele, said the resolution is as a result of his administration’s recognition of Primary Healthcare as the entry point to the healthcare system in the State and in the country.
He lamented that over the years, Primary Healthcare Centres in the country have suffered a major setback in their role as the entry point to the healthcare delivery system adding that this has brought major decay and loss of confidence in the centres.
He resolved, “This administration cannot afford to allow this to continue as the healthcare of our people is top priority and it must be given the prime attention it deserves”.
Listing some of the projects the State Government has carried out to promote the health of Lagosians, Governor Fashola said they include renovation of the secondary healthcare facilities in the State to ultra-modern standards, building of maternal and child healthcare centres that can provide facilities for both secondary and tertiary healthcare services and the continuous training of healthcare personnel in the State both at local and international levels as well as the provision of free medical treatment for the vulnerable (destitute, aged and under-aged) in the society.
According to the Governor, the State Government also gives free treatment to patients with certain conditions like breast cancer, prostrate cancer, heart diseases, tuberculosis, kidney disease, leprosy and other diseases that would claim the lives of the patients prematurely.
He promised that the State will soon own its own Cardiac and Renal Centres so that travelling abroad for related ailments will be a thing of the past adding, “These efforts need to be complemented by well grounded and functional Primary Healthcare Centres because these centres are the nearest healthcare centres to the people and they mark the beginning of a standard referral system in the health sector”.
Governor Fashola said services expected at a standard Primary Healthcare Centre, include General Out-Patient services (General consultations and Drug prescription for minor ailments), Preventive Services (Antenatal care, Child welfare clinic, Health Education, Family planning, HIV Counseling, Hypertension and Diabetes screening and General Counseling), Basic eye screening, Laboratory services for basic investigations and Referrals all of which would be rendered in the three days the exercise would last.
The Governor said so far 31 LGAs/LCDAs have been visited where reactivation process has commenced for the Primary Healthcare Centres adding that statistics gathered so far reveals that over 106, 000 people have benefited from the medical consultations and treatments out of which 9, 373 people received free eye glasses while 5,425 were found to be hypertensive and 1,442 diabetic.
He said over 50 percent of the people diagnosed as hypertensive and those diagnose as HIV positive were not aware that they had the disease, adding, “The benefit of this type of programme is that it creates opportunity for routine medical check-up especially to those who cannot afford such services”.
Earlier, in his remarks at the three centres, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Prince Rotimi Agunsoye said the programme was aimed at revitalizing primary healthcare delivery in the State adding that in doing this, the State Government has scored another first in the country.
Also in his remarks at the three centres, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Hon. Toyin Hamzat assured that after the three days exercise, the centres would still be open for services and follow-ups for the local people.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan said as a result of his administration’s introduction of free registration cards, free treatment and free drugs in all healthcare centres in the LCDA, the attendance at the three primary healthcare centres in the Council has moved from 55 at inception to 555 patients per week.
Also in her welcome remarks, the Chairman of Isolo LCDA, Chief (Mrs.) Mary Osaghale, said her administration has partnered with a lot of pharmaceutical companies such as Emzor Pharmaceutical, Glaxosmithkline, Promasidor Limited, Neimeth Pharmaceuticals, among others to deliver the required services to the people.
The Chairman of Oshodi Local Government Area, Hon. Afeez Ipesa Balogun, in his own welcome address said his administration had associated with the State Government by making conscious efforts at all times to improve on the health standard of the people of the area especially by introducing free medical services in line with the policies of the State Government on health.
Highlights of the programme were the distribution of free eye glasses, medical packs to beneficiaries as well as free diagnoses and treatment of patients in the three council areas.