The Lagos State Government says it has employed four hundred health workers comprising Consultants, Medical Officers, Dental Officers, Medical House Officers, Pharmacists, Pharmacy technicians, Nurses, Nurse Interns, Dietitians, Physiotherapist, Radiographers, Optometrist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Dental Therapist, Dental Technologists, Medical Health Records Officers, Medical Engineers, Pharmacy Interns, Physiotherapy Interns, Radiographer Intern, Medical Laboratory Scientist Interns.
The Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga who made this known after reviewing the report of the ongoing recruitment exercise currently being coordinated by the Health Service Commission said the engagement of the new workers was to
fill existing vacancies in state-owned secondary health facilities between last quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.
According to Dr Onayiga, the engagement of the health care workers is part of the current administration’s strategy to improve human resources for health towards the provision of qualitative healthcare delivery in Lagos State.
She said “The Lagos State Health Service Commission in alignment with the THEMES agenda is doing everything within its capacity to ensure optimal human resource provision to the public health sector. This, we will vigorously pursue until we attain an equitable distribution of human resources in our health facilities which will ensure improved access to qualitative and efficient health service delivery. It should reduce waiting time and improve the overall patient experience in our health facilities in line with our mandate”.
Dr Onayiga expressed the hope that the increased investment in health, especially in human resources, human capacity development, medical infrastructure and implementation of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme,would ultimately, halt the trend of brain drain of the health professionals and attract medical tourism to Lagos State.