Fashola Hands Over Sixth 24-Hour Flagship Primary Healthcare Centre In Onigbongbo LCDA
• "This, for us, is a commitment which helps us to discharge our responsibilities towards protection of life and property", he says
Oct 17, 2013 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday handed over yet another Flagship Primary Healthcare Centre, the sixth in the series, to the Oregun Community in Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area expressing his administration's commitment to the establishment of such centres in all the 57 local council areas in the State.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Governor Fashola, who emphasized that the responsibility of every government was to protect life and property of the governed added that such protection did not end in equipping the Police and security agencies but also include addressing healthcare issues especially preventive healthcare.
"We all know that every government has the responsibility to protect lives and property of citizens but it is not only by arming the Police and creating employment alone that you secure lives. It is also by paying attention to small things that can become big problems, by addressing preventive healthcare and when they take ill, they can get healthcare access very close to where they live", the Governor said.
According to the Governor, "We promised we shall provide at least one 24-hour service primary healthcare centre in every local government and local council development area in this State. This is number six, we are climbing, we are encouraged by the results we see and there is more to come".
Reiterating the importance of primary healthcare to the local communities, Governor Fashola declared, "Wherever we have been, from Iga-Idunganran to Itire, to Mosan-Okunola, to Eredo in Epe, to Badagry and to this place, the impact in the community goes beyond the flagship centre because all other flagship centres are now challenged to meet the standard".
He expressed joy that the initiative has brought about significant reduction in the indices of infant and maternal mortality across the State and local government councils adding, "It is gratifying to see that the number of children dying at birth or during pregnancy is reducing and we are proud of the progress we have made".
"I have said before that if for any reason we have difficulty at all in meeting any of the Millennium Development Goals, Lagos will meet the Millennium Goals for Health and Education", Governor Fashola said adding that primary healthcare centres represent "just one step in the healthcare stage".
The Governor told the host community, "Let me explain that all of the things that you go for at the General Hospitals are substantially here, HIV screening, Diabetes, Hypertension, Malaria treatment, Tuberculosis, immunization of children, antenatal care, normal and uncomplicated pregnancies and so on all can be done here".
"No need to travel to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) again. You have six doctors here dedicated to the centre and the telephone numbers of Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen of Board of Primary and healthcare centres have been given to you; so we are not just providing service, we are not just providing a hospital, we are not just providing a healthcare centre, we put our integrity on it", he said
Thanking the Onigbongbo Local Council Chairman, Hon. Francis Babatunde Oke and all others who contributed in the realization of the Centre the Governor advised the people to call any government official, including himself, all the commissioners, local government chairmen and so on, should any of them be dissatisfied with the services given in the any of the centres.
In her remarks at the occasion earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Yewande Adesina, said the Flagship ceremony was in accordance with the mandate of the Lagos State Executive Council in August 2011 to revitalize the State's primary healthcare system.
Giving a brief history of the origin of the upgraded primary healthcare centre, the Special Adviser said the Oregun Primary Healthcare Centre had contributed significantly to the healthy state of the Onigbongbo community and has remained a front liner in the healthcare delivery system of the LCDA.
In his welcome address earlier, Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA, Hon Francis Babatunde Oke, said hi administration his administration has been known to have a passion for Health adding that the each of the wards in the LCDA has a primary healthcare centre that provides service for a minimum of eight hours a day.
Such centres, he said, include Oregun, Onigbongbo, Wasimi and GRA, Olusosun and Opebi Primary Health Centres adding, "We provide a monthly supply of drugs and medical consumables tpo all our PHCs and also support most of the health programmes.
The Chairman expressed gratitude to the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Mrs. Yewande Adesina "for partnering with us to improve access to good healthcare for the people of Onigbongbo", adding that the communities – Onigbongbo and Oregun – gave tremendous support to the LCDA during the implementation stages of the project.
The Chairman enjoined residents of the communities to cooperate with the medical staff of the Primary Healthcare Centre and to patronize the centre pointing out that so much has been put I the place for the good of the people.
Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Hon. (Mrs.) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, other members of the State Executive Council like the Commissioners for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr. Femi Olugbile who stood in for the Health Commissioner, Dr. Jide Idris, stakeholders in the healthcare sector including prominent residents of Onigbongbo and Oregun as well as top government functionaries.