Sanwo-olu pledges com­mit­ment to health work­ers’ wel­fare

The Punch - - HEALTH - Dayo Ojerinde

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.”

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