Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Lagos govt renews pledge to improve health care

• Says it’ll complete Ayinke House project in 12 months

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has announced that there is renewed commitment by the present administration to ensure improved and quality healthcare for Lagos residents, explaining that activities in the sector will be geared to reflect the mantra of change the government of the day.

Speaking Tuesday at a media parley held at the Conference Room of the Ministry, Idris noted that measures are being taken by the administration to ensure the realisation of this objective.

The Lagos Health Ministry boss stressed that the challenges in the health sector may seem insurmountable, but the administration of Governor Ambode is committed to solving the problems step by step and systematically.

Idris further said that this administration would focus on attitudinal change among health workers, amongst other issues to be addressed in order to achieve effective and qualitative service delivery to the general populace.

L-R: Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga; Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Omodele Osunkiyesi, during the media parley of the commissioner with health correspondents in Lagos…yesterday. Photo: Bode Agbede
 According to him, it will no longer be business as usual as the Ministry will no longer tolerate any act of indiscipline and is ready to mete out sanctions to erring workers and show impenitent ones among them the way out.

The Commissioner said that the State would train and retrain its health workforce to empower them order to deliver qualitative service to the teeming populace. According to him, the administration has procured power generating sets, ambulances and portable x-ray machines for distribution to public hospitals, among other laudable achievements.

He also said that, Ayinke House project which was abandoned by the former contractor had been re-awarded to another contractor that is ready to deliver the project in record time of 12 months contrary to speculation that the project has been abandoned.

He said: “The contractors handling the renovation messed it up. They had internal problems and they could not meet with the completion date of the project. The former administration even tried to help them yet they failed so we had to terminate the contract.

As we speak, we are incurring demurrage on the equipment we imported for use in the facility. However, we have re-awarded the project to another contractor who has promised to complete it soon.

Idris debunked the rumours that the State has also abandoned her plan to establish a medical park, but rather with modification of establishing it at the old Nursing School, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi in Lagos.

The Commissioner said that a technical team was already studying the medical insurance scheme with a view to implementing it in public hospitals. On the seemingly industrial health crisis in the State, Idris stated that a new synergy with the Lagos State Health Workforce has been developed which is already yielding fruitful results.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on December 24, 2015.

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