The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi, has emphasized the importance of residents using the Primary Healthcare Centers, (PHCs) across the State for their healthcare needs.
At the official launch of the District-Wide Health Awareness and Sensitization Campaign organized by the State Health District I, which took at the Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu PHC in Orile-Agege LCDA, Mrs. Ogunyemi highlighted the crucial role of PHCs as the foundation of community healthcare services to include antenatal and immunization.
“Primary healthcare is the cornerstone of our health services,” Mrs. Ogunyemi stressed, emphasizing its role in providing comprehensive healthcare and the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to ensuring healthcare access for all Lagos residents.
In advocating PHCs as preventive hubs, Mrs. Ogunyemi encouraged individuals to consider the centers as their first choice for healthcare needs before turning to higher-level hospitals.
Acknowledging challenges like brain drain in the healthcare sector, Mrs. Ogunyemi reaffirmed the government’s commitment to addressing the issues through recruitment and training programs.
“Health is wealth,” Mrs. Ogunyemi reiterated, emphasizing the community’s well-being as a top priority. She assured access to essential health care needs through primary health centers to support long and healthy lives for residents.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, of Lagos State Health for District, Dr. Olufunmilayo Bankole, highlighted the importance of the district-wide health awareness and sensitization campaign, stressing that the program aims to raise awareness about critical health issues, prepositive PVE health, and the Ilera-Eko Health Scheme, an insurance package aimed at offering affordable comprehensive healthcare to residents of Lagos.
Dr. Bankole detailed the screening programs spanning 20 healthcare care centers, stressing the significance of preventive health measures and the advanced services available at the centers.
“This three-day event, from 27th to 29th November 2023, offers free screenings for various conditions such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cervical cancer, and eye issues across Agege, Alimosho, and Ifako Ijaiye Local Government areas,” Dr. Bankole said.
She opined that the recent inauguration of the health districts aims toprogramse primary health care services in Lagos State, signaling the government’s commitment to improving healthcare at the grassroots levels.
Addressing community concerns, Dr. Bankole announced the establishment of the Lagos Health District I office and encouraged residents to engage with the office for any primary healthcare service challenges.
“We aim for health and wellness for all people,” Dr. Bankole noted, emphasizing preventive healthcare and ongoing vaccination programs for children under five years old and the HPV vaccination exercise for teenage girls.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Orile-Agege LCDA, Hon. Johnson Babatunde, assured the community of his administration’s commitment to health. He highlighted plans to establish additional PHCs and praised the success of the ‘Ilera Eko Health Insurance Scheme.’
Encouraging residents to utilize the health services under Lagos State’s Health Scheme coverage, the chairman emphasized its affordability and positive impact on community well-being.
The chairman also celebrated the commissioning of the Claudiana Ibijoke Primary Health Care Center, citing its immediate impact on facilitating successful childbirth in November 2023.