Stop pay­ing for birth cer­tifi­cates, LASG tells res­i­dents

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The Lagos State Gov­ern­ment has asked res­i­dents to stop pay­ing for birth cer­tifi­cates, say­ing any state of­fi­cial who de­manded money should be re­ported for dis­ci­plinary ac­tions.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Lagos State Pri­mary health Board, Dr Tayo Lawal, spoke dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Su­rulere Pri­mary health Cen­tre, Ag­bado-oke-odo, Alimosho Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

The health cen­tre was ren­o­vated and equipped by the Em­bassy of Ja­pan in part­ner­ship with a non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Street-to-school Ini­tia­tive.

Lawal, who was rep­re­sented on the oc­ca­sion by the Di­rec­tor of Med­i­cal Ser­vices and Disease Con­trol, Dr Eniola Eri­nosho, com­mended the em­bassy and the NGO for sup­port­ing gov­ern­ment’s drive to im­prove ac­cess to qual­ity health care.

he urged the peo­ple to pro­tect the fa­cil­ity and equip­ment, as­sur­ing them that the gov­ern­ment would de­liver ef­fi­cient med­i­cal ser­vices at the health cen­tre.

“There is, how­ever, one thing I want you to mon­i­tor. If we have birth reg­is­tra­tion in this place and we are is­su­ing birth cer­tifi­cates, you are not ex­pected to pay a kobo for them. If any­body asked you for money, re­port such a per­son. We are as­sur­ing you that we will pro­vide ad­e­quate per­son­nel for this health cen­tre,” Lawal added.

The Baale of Oke Abiye Town, No­jeeb Ajolo­juota, asked that doc­tors be de­ployed in the health cen­tre and a house built for them so they could op­er­ate 24/7.

The Charge D’ Af­fairs of the Em­bassy of Ja­pan, Mr Takayuki Shi­nozawa, said the project was aimed at “bring­ing in­clu­sive ba­sic health care to ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity by ren­o­vat­ing the fa­cil­ity, pro­vid­ing a wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem, a so­lar power sys­tem, of­fice fur­ni­ture, hos­pi­tal equip­ment, among oth­ers.”

The founder of the Street-to-school Ini­tia­tive, Oluwatosin Olowoy­eye-taiwo, said the death of a pupil and a par­ent over poor health care in­formed her de­ci­sion to seek in­ter­ven­tions.

She noted that the cen­tre was her sec­ond project in the area.

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