SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 3 – Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment towards improving health service delivery across the state.
It said it had deployed an early-centralised planning approach to the management of the current pandemic.
Speaking at the Lagos State Council on Health Meeting themed, “Managing Pandemic in a Resource-Constrained Clime,” the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi added that the state government had engaged professionals to develop blueprints for healthcare infrastructure across primary, secondary and specialist facilities.
He said that the review of health infrastructure carried out in the state revealed that health facilities have defects inflow and function to the health needs of patients and providers, thus militating against the delivery of efficient service delivery.
The Commissioner who stated that from reviews, constructed health facilities are in need of rehabilitation works within a few months of commissioning, said that the prototypes would conform to global standards of healthcare facilities and that the design would also be replicated in phases across the state to ensure the delivery of qualitative health services.
Abayomi also disclosed that the state is working towards greater welfare packages for doctors, noting that all health facilities to be built henceforth will have doctors’ quarters included in their master plan.
Speaking on the theme, he opined that each country has the moral responsibility to protect its people within the social contract from biological crises and threats, as well as protect the integrity of the ecosystem it depends on.
“Government agencies must be able to pre-empt and prevent bio-security threats, predict, mitigate and adapt to insidious unavoidable environmental changes, find and clearly identify a threat when it emerges, stop it promptly, ensure a well-informed populace, restore calm and civil disruption and build resilience,” he said.
In another development, the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to declare the waterways unsafe and as well sack the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways (LASWA), Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel.
In a statement yesterday, spokesman of the party, Mr. Taofik Gani, said the decision must be given urgent attention to stop the ongoing colossal loss of lives on the waterways.