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            Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos/Temitope Lawanson
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos says building a world-class health system is a priority of his administration.
Sanwo-Olu said this on Friday in Lagos during the Y2021 Health Forum themed
Lagos to build world class health system — Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

/Temitope Lawanson

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos says building a world-class health system is a priority of his administration.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Friday in Lagos during the Y2021 Health Forum themed “The art of building a world-class health system.”

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the program was organized by the State Government in collaboration with the State Health Services Commission (HSC).

Sanwo-Olu, representing Jaji, State Government Secretary, noted that the establishment of a strong health system would complement the status of a mega city and the 21st century economy desired for the state.

He said that the development of the health sector to adequately meet the health needs of the population in an effective and efficient manner has been a priority of his management, as expressed in the THEMES agenda.

According to him, achieving this goal will involve improving the delivery capacity of all health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

He said that it also implied the availability of modern health equipment, qualified and motivated health personnel, as well as providing an enabling environment for private sector participation in the health sector.

The governor said his administration continued to show commitment through hiring competent healthcare workers, upskilling and building capacity in essential areas of healthcare service, improving wellness and upgrading facilities. .

“As a government, we will continue to play the role expected of us in building a world-class healthcare system that will not only curb medical tourism out of the country, but also enhance the foreign exchange earning potential of foreigners seeking medical care abroad. our health. facilities,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu praised healthcare workers for their courage, passion and dedication to saving lives, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

“As critical stakeholders in the health sector, I ask you to continue to do your best at all times and in all situations so that together we can build a sustainable, efficient and effective health system for all Lagosians,” he said. .

Furthermore, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Health Commissioner, said that the state was working on developing specialized facilities within general hospitals.

“What we need to do is develop those specialized capabilities in Lagos and make Lagos a recognized destination for expertise in any health care discipline,” he said.

He said that the government’s approach to transforming the health sector would not focus solely on the development of public health facilities.

Abayomi said that the state would establish a reference, standard and regulatory framework to ensure that the private health sector also practices according to international best practices.

The commissioner advised the HSC to develop a strategy that would make Lagos the healthcare hub for healthcare specialists.

Also read: What will Lagos look like by 2030 — Sanwo-Olu

Similarly, Dr. Leke Pitan, former Lagos State Health Commissioner, advised the state to deepen public-private partnership, noting that it was the sustainable way to develop the health sector.

In addition, Dr. Jide Idris, former Lagos Srate Health Commissioner, said that the government should be a facilitator, advising that bottlenecks be removed to facilitate the development of the sector.

Commenting, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga, Chairman of the Health Services Commission, said a gap analysis would be conducted at the commission and also at each of the 28 secondary health facilities, to fill in the gaps.

She said this would help all health facilities build momentum to improve service and provide sustainable innovative efforts using technology.

Onayiga said the forum provides an avenue for hospital and HSC leaders to brainstorm solutions to challenges facing the state’s secondary health care system.

She said the platform should also spark interprofessional collaboration among all cadres of the health care workforce.

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Source: NAN

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