Sanwo-olu pledges commitment to health workers’ welfare
GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-olu of lagos State has pledged his commitment to the welfare of health workers in the state.
Speaking during the Annual General Meeting of the Medical Guild, Sanwo-olu said the state was ready to implement the 2001 Abuja health Declaration, the result of a meeting by African Union member countries in which they pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to improve the health sector.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, promised to increase the lagos State health budget in order to provide quality health care to residents of the state.
he said, “In the mandate of this government, you will realise that health is pillar
number two and it aligns with the environment. You cannot imagine that your health will exist in isolation with the health of your environment. We are only as healthy as the integrity of our environment. This government will try its best to achieve the Abuja declaration.
“Right now, lagos is spending 8.8 per cent of its budget on health and the budget for 2020 has gone up to 9.5 per cent. This will go up by one per cent every year until the end of this administration. With this and other plans, health will enjoy special privileges under this government. This government will also ensure that the ongoing brain drain is reversed in lagos State.”
The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, lagos State chapter, Dr Saliu Oseni, said the lagos State health Insurance Scheme would cover the existing gaps in Nigeria health Insurance Scheme.
Also, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr Babajide Saheed said, “We decided to focus on the lagos State health Insurance Scheme so that our doctors can know more about the scheme introduced to us a year ago by the previous administration. We want to guard against the failure of NHIS, we want everyone to have access to good medical treatment in lagos State. We all know that health is expensive and the best way to get good health is through insurance.”