Fashola Hands Over Second 24-Hour Flagship Primary Health Care Centre In Mosan-Okunola LCDA
…Commends LCDA boss for prioritizing health, keying into State Government's initiative
Apr 9, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday formally handed over the second 24 -hour flagship Primary Health Care Centre in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area, emphasizing that the objective in the State health care sector is to move from treating people to caring for them.
The Governor who spoke at the formal handover of the Rauf Aregbesola Primary Health Centre at Mosan Okunola used the opportunity to appeal to healthcare givers who are champions before the people to treat them with courtesy, respect, care and love.
He also urged members of the public to be patient and particularly restrain themselves from shouting at the healthcare givers because they signed up to serve not be insulted and not to be harassed, adding that once there is restraint on both sides the job will get done.
"What we seek to achieve is that across our increasingly growing state, no mother or father should have to leave their local government in order to deliver normally, in order to get ante natal care, in order to immunize their children and get very basic healthcare".
"We want to keep this service at the local government very close to the people. In this way we will be building the critical foundation for the sustenance of our public health system so that it is only difficult cases where the PHC system is unable to cope either because of the level of sophistication that is necessary or the level of investigation and equipment that is necessary that you refer the patient to the general hospital and from there to the specialist teaching hospital", he reiterated.
Governor Fashola explained that in this way what the government expect to see is a gradual sharing of labour so that instead of receiving 70 patients a day in LASUTH, the doctors would receive patients who have special cases and would have more time to spend with such patients because the doctors and nurses would have taken control at the PHC centre and gradually the incidence of waiting for two hours to see a doctor in the General Hospital would gradually reduce because the bulk of the work would be done close to the people.
"Today as we formally hand over the Rauf Aregbesola PHC in Mosan Okunola, we expect to see the beginning of a robust grassroots based healthcare system. From today, we also expect to see the beginning of provision of basic needs like immunization, maternity service and safe delivery for normal pregnancies".
"From today we expect that the treatment of ailments like malaria will be a local affair as a result of improved service here. From today, we lay the blocks of a referral system that will help decongest our healthcare facilities and give a most welcome relief to our healthcare service providers at the secondary and tertiary level. From today, we begin the full integration of our healthcare system because our partnership with our LGs is working", the Governor stated.
The Governor said he was at the occasion to redeem a pledge of service which he made during the 2011 elections that the administration will support the Local Governments to build the Primary Health Centre system in a partnership of shared responsibilities. "I promised you then that we would in the first instance deliver 57 Primary Health Care Centres that offer 24 hours services in each of the LGs and LCDAs", he said.
Governor Fashola commended the Chairman of Mosan- Okunola LCDA for quickly logging in to the State Government's initiative on the need to intervene and support local government in two strategic areas of primary health care and primary education.
Urging other Chairmen to emulate Hon Mafe's example, Governor Fashola declared: "The Chairman has shown leadership amongst his peers by understanding how important the health and the well being of the citizen is to his ability to serve them. Because it is only those who are healthy who can receive education. It is only those who are healthy who can do business. It is only those who are healthy who can drive on good roads and so on".
He urged members of the Primary Healthcare Board to justify the confidence the State has in investing them with the authority to supervise the activities of the PHC institutions adding that the future is in their hands and its success will depend on the type of selflessness and the type of leadership they are ready to offer.
The Governor also called for the commitment, endorsement of the Local Government Chairmen by taking ownership of the facilities as they are opened in each of the Local Governments, stressing that how many more of the Primary Health Centres the Councils choose to do depends on how many more their citizens need and how many more they can afford.
Earlier in her address, the Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina said the Rauf Aregbesola Primary Health Care Centre will operate a 24- hour service with the full complement of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory attendants, medical records and other auxiliary staff on duty.
She added that other services added to the PHC to make it a comprehensive centre includes general out patient care, primary mental health care, care of the elderly, Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV screening, non-communicable diseases, hypertension and diabetes which are all screened and treated at the PHC on a daily basis.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the people of the Local Government have to use the facility and do not have to go to the General Hospitals for minor ailments which can be addressed at the PHC level.
"You must also take ownership because both the state Government and the Local Governments have gone a long way to make the facility functional and should be used everyday", he said.
He also appealed to all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas to emulate what the Mosan -Okunola LCDA is doing as that is the only way to partner with the state government to ensure that Primary Health Care system makes the desired impact at the grassroots level.
The Mosan Okunola LCDA Chairman, Hon. Abdulrashid Mafe in his address of welcome said the Mosan Okunola PHC has immunized 112,473 children till date while the number of antenatal cases received stood at 921while the number of adult patients stand at 19,876.
Messages of goodwill were presented by representatives of the Lagos State University College of Medicine Community Health Unit and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency(JICA) at the event.
Prominent among those who attended the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, member of the House of Assembly representing Alimosho 1 and 2, Hon Bisi Yussuf and Hon Omotayo Oduntan respectively, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Segun Olugbile and notable political leaders from the Alimosho axis of the state.