Fashola Hands Over Fifth 24-Hour Primary Health Care Centre In Eredo
…Advocates appropriate use of referral system by citizens to optimize facilities
Jun 27, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday handed over the fifth 24- hour comprehensive Primary Health Care Centre in Eredo, Epe stressing that with the commissioning, the government is laying the solid foundation for a medical care referral system predicated on a robust primary healthcare that goes from primary to secondary and tertiary levels.
The Governor who spoke at Eredo, Epe while handing over the comprehensive centre added that what the present administration seeks to achieve is to build a referral health care system that moves from a robust and intensive grassroots healthcare starting from 24 hour service delivery at the various local governments through to the general hospitals up to the teaching hospital.
"This is the only way we can fully integrate, we can redistribute our assets and optimize them, if we put all our eggs in one basket and everybody heads to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH) in Ikeja for every small ailment, the healthcare system will not serve our need".
"A referral system that is aggregated through the primary to the secondary and tertiary level is the model that has succeeded in every part of the world and it is the model that we are committed to applying here to make healthcare a local success here", he explained.
The Governor stated that as the system take roots; there will come a time where no doctor will attend to any patient in the general hospital or in the teaching hospital unless such a person has a referral from the primary healthcare centre.
"If you go to the United Kingdom today, no doctor in any specialist hospital will attend to you until you have reference from your general practitioner. So those things you have gone to look for in the United Kingdom is now in your local government. This is your general practitioner. So, please use it so that we can deepen the access for mothers and children and also for adults, all sorts of screening for diabetes, for tuberculosis for cancer and all of that have been provided here so there is no need for anybody to travel a distance".
Governor Fashola gave a commitment that, "from today we commit to making grassroots healthcare a local matter in Eredo Local Council Development Area. From today, the treatment of malaria, vaccination of our children, antenatal care, delivery of normal birth will become a local matter in Eredo Local Council Development Area".
He commended the host chairman, Hon Sabiu Adelaja - Omolaja for embracing the collaborative initiative by the State Government to assist local governments develop at least one flagship centre across the 57Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.
The Governor also commended the State Ministry of Health and particularly acknowledged the leadership and commitment provided by Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina in the way she has taken responsibility for the Comprehensive Primary Health Care Centres.
He reminded the community members, community leaders, Local Government Chairmen, Councilors and everyone that the flagship PHCC are the assets of the people which may require to be maintained from time to time keep it in good state.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina said the completion and handing over of the flagship Primary Health Care Centre is a reminder that Local and State Governments must work together to create a sustainable and affordable healthcare system.
She said in 2012, the Eredo Primary Health Care Centre recorded 97 babies' deliveries, 2,262 children receiving immunization, 1,085 received antenatal cases, 1,575 adults were seen for mostly malaria and 276 family planning services were provided.
She added that since January this year when the revitalization programme came to Eredo PHC, 55 babies have been delivered which is more than half of the babies delivered last year showing an improvement in the services.
"So far this year, 1,903 children have been immunized which is more than half of the number immunized last year. 847 ante-natal cases have been seen so far which is more than half of what was seen the whole of last year, 89 family planning cases have been seen and all of these show that the revitalization programme has made a tremendous impact on healthcare delivery in Eredo LCDA".
"Anytime you come here there would be a doctor, there would be a nurse and the laboratory would open where you can do your tests. There would be people to open cards for you. The services would be available on a 24 hours basis. Screening is being provided for all ailments like tuberculosis, general care, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, malaria, H.I.V AIDS, all free of charge", she explained.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Eredo Local Council Development Area, Hon Sabiu Omolaja Adelaja expressed the appreciation of the LCDA to the Governor for the upgraded PHC.
In a goodwill message, the Alara of Ilara, Oba Akeem Adesanya commended the Governor for his investment in all sectors including health saying he is a first among equals among other Governors nationwide.
The Governor later cut the tape to formally hand over the comprehensive Primary Health Centre before taking a tour of the facility at the ceremony witnessed by special guests like Chairman of the House Assembly Committee on Health, Hon Suru Avoseh, a former First Lady of Lagos State, Lady Doja Otedola, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Segun Olugbile and traditional rulers from the Epe division.