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Fashola Hands Over Fourth Flagship Primary Healthcare Centre In Itire-Ikate LCDA
• It is an ambitious and an audacious journey but we intend to run this race as vigorously as we can", he says

Jun 11, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Tuesday handed over the fourth 24-hour flagship comprehensive Primary Health Centre in the State saying with the coming on stream of the centres, Government would start implementing its referral healthcare system.

The three other Flagship Primary Healthcare Centres are the ones in Iga Idugaran in Central Lagos, Musan Okunola in Alimosho Local Government Area and Ajara in Badagry Local Government Area.

In his remarks at the occasion which witnessed a huge turnout of members of the local community, international development partners as well as top government functionaries including Primary Healthcare practitioners, Governor Fashola pledged that his administration would deliver on its electioneering promise a Flagship Primary Healthcare for each of the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas.

The Governor told the people of Itire-Ikate, "I come here again to redeem a pledge of service, a pledge of service made to bring primary healthcare closer to our people. We continue our journey of commitment to improve healthcare, to the implementation of our primary responsibility, the protection of life and property".

According to the Governor, "It is a promise I made to our people during the 2011 electioneering campaigns that at the minimum, we will revitalize, we will reinvigorate and we will deliver at least 57 Primary Healthcare Centres that will be known as flagship models with 24 hour service across our State.

"One by one, local government by local government, we are making progress and we are counting. I am sure there will be one or two more before the month of June is finished and there will be many more to be concluded before this year is done", the Governor said.

Describing the promise as "an ambitious and an audacious journey", Governor Fashola declared, "We intend to run this race as vigorously as we can" expressing joy that the local government chairmen have embraced the initiative.

"They understand all too well the values of neighbourhood health service, the value of services provided, in many instances, free as a reward for taxpayers' money. They understand also the very significance of the economic value of very healthy and robust human capital", the Governor said.

Throwing more light on the planned referral healthcare system soon to be implemented by his administration, the Governor explained that as soon as the primary healthcare centres become functional all over the State, nobody would be treated at the general hospitals without being referred from the primary healthcare centres in his locality.

He told members of the community, "Once we get the 57 healthcare centres up and running, then we will start full implementation. So no doctor in Randle will attend to you again if it is not on recommendation from here. If you jump there, they will refer you to your local community. And you cannot go from Randle to LASU which is a tertiary and specialist centre and research and all that if there is no referral from the general hospital".

"So today for us, we handover the Ejire Itire-Ikate Flagship Primary Healthcare Centre and we expect to see in this locality the beginning of a robust grassroots healthcare system. From today we expect to see the beginning of a healthcare service for basic needs like the immunization of our children, maternity service as I have mentioned and safe delivery and normal programmes for all our children and mothers", the Governor said.

Governor Fashola said the significance of the Primary Healthcare centres was to bring healthcare service closer to the people thereby reducing distance adding, "All the health providers and healthcare practitioners know and understand the defining difference distance can make between life and death. This is the main symbolism of this healthcare centre now in the neighbourhood".

"From today we expect to see treatment of such ailments as Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS counseling and all of those basic things become a local affair as a result of improved service delivery in our community and within our reach and give a most welcome relief to our health service providers at the secondary and tertiary levels", the Governor said.

In her remarks earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, said the Centre runs a 24-hour service adding that at any point in time when a patient visits the centre, there would be a doctor, three nurses, one laboratory person, one pharmacist and one medical records person on duty.

According to her, the general services to be provided at the Centre include the General primary healthcare services which are provided at the General Out-patient Department where primary mental health screening and care of the elderly are undertaken.

"We will screen for Tuberculosis, HIV, Malaria and treat them here. We will screen for male cancers that is Prostate Cancer and Colon Cancer. We will screen for female cancers, that is breast cancers and we will screen for Hypertension, Diabetes and Cholesterol and treat them as well", the Special Adviser said adding that the department is located at the first floor of the building.

Antenatal care and post-natal care as well as labour and delivery departments, she said, are on the ground floor while child welfare services, including immunization, malnutrition assessment and de-worming are provided upstairs. All services provided by the doctors, she said, are free except some token fee for the drug revolving scheme started by the Government.

The Special Adviser thanked Governor Fashola for his continued drive for excellence in healthcare delivery in the State adding, "His passion for excellence and accountability in healthcare delivery continues to be the driving force behind the programmes implemented here today".

In her goodwill message, a representative of the Family Health International (FHI360), Mrs. Oluyinka Ajayi, said the flagship signified the 'unrelenting commitment of the Lagos State Government to expanding access to health services to the general population and particularly pregnant women thus creating the enabling environment for improving the infant and maternal morality indices.

She pledged the continued support of the organisation to the State Government "with the needed technical assistance to achieve her mandate for increased coverage and access to comprehensive ART and related services".

In his welcome address, the Chairman of Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area, Hon. Hakeem Adisa Bamgbola, said the new Primary Healthcare Centre would help to revitalize the healthcare at the grassroots and improve the overall health system of the community.

Also present at the occasion were the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Hodewu Suuru Avoseh, traditional and religious leaders, international partners like the Japanese Internaional Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Family Health International (FHI), healthcare practitioners and top government functionaries as well as members of the local community.


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