Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has assured residents of the State of the unwavering commitment of the present administration to invest massively in the provision of quality healthcare services to the people, saying that no effort would be spared to improve on the situation in the sector.
Dr. Sanwo-Olu, a Medical Practitioner who had served the State Government in different capacities within the health sector for 25 years, said the safety of residents was of paramount importance to the Governor, and that every necessary action would be taken to protect the people.
Speaking at the 5th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Critical Care Society of Nigeria held on Thursday at White House Hotel, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu said it was gratifying to note that the Critical Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) had so far successfully carried out 15 Open Heart surgeries among others this year, while an Intensive Care Unit has also been established at the newly unveiled Ayinke House as part of effort towards improving healthcare delivery.
According to her, “The surgeries were possible through the investment of government in the health sector, and efforts of our medical personnel and I must assure that there will be a huge improvement in funding of the health sector by the current administration”.
Dr Sanwo-Olu said she was very much aware of the fact that professionals in the sector were looking to her to make a positive impact, just as she urged them to collaborate with government to scale up healthcare delivery.
According to her, “Lagos State Government is interested in the health sector especially knowing that you have one of your persons positioned there. I know the Critical Care Society of Nigeria, as well as the other groups within the health sector, will depend on me to talk to the Governor when you have recommendations”.
“We would try our best to do as much as we can in our capacity to improve the health sector. We know the standard that we have at the moment, and we pray to God to help us to improve on what it was before. We would work as a team both at the PHC level, the secondary healthcare level and the tertiary level so that there is no disconnect and we also have a seamless approach to patient care”.
“For us, the safety of our people in Lagos State is very important, and we would do everything possible to improve the health sector”, she added.
One of the discussants at the Conference, Mr. Akinwande Ademosu said for Nigeria to rise, the people must be healthy and have access to affordable and quality healthcare.
He said: “We have to start thinking new; we have to start thinking innovatively to do the right thing even if against the convention. We must start to use genetics, lifestyle and the environment to promote the health of our people”.
“For us to achieve healthcare inclusion in Nigeria, we must be willing to do the right thing; we must deliver convenience, adopt technology and make healthcare available and affordable to the people”, he asserted.