By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Lagos State Government has developed an ideal model for Primary Healthcare System revitalization in the state.
The purpose of the new model primary healthcare system is to enhance a sustainable healthcare delivery and achieve universal health coverage in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this Wednesday at a Press parley on the agenda of the Sanwo-Olu led administration in the health sector.
According to Abayomi, the model is anchored on upgrade of existing primary health centres, construction of new ones in riverine and hard-to-reach areas, recruitment of more health workers, strengthening of referral system and human resource development at that level of care amongst others.
He averred that the State government recognizes that primary healthcare is the bedrock of healthcare service delivery system worldwide stressing that the present administration is set to bring quality and efficient health care services closers to the people through effective health care delivery at the primary health care level.
“One of the core policy objectives of the present administration in the health sector is to increase access to health care services through the revitalization of the State’s primary health system, this we are committed to,” Abayomi said.
He added that the present administration is poised to ensuring that the entry point of the State health care system which is the primary health care centres delivers on its mandate of providing quality basic health care services without any barrier whatsoever noting that this is in line with the State government’s commitment to achieve universal health coverage.
“We will restructure health care deliveries in our comprehensive Primary Health Centres, renovate and upgrade existing ones as part of the drive to put confidence in the system and increase access to health care services”, he said.
The Commissioner stated further that the success of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme is largely dependent on the functionality of the primary health care system as the primary health care facilities are the closest to the communities. He also added that the effectiveness of the primary health care will also go a long way in reducing the pressures on the secondary and tertiary health care facilities.
Abayomi stated that government will not relent in putting in place necessary measures in enhancing best practices in the healthcare system in its drive to achieving universal health care coverage. He mentioned further that the government remains committed to its obligation to develop, collaborate and execute health related strategies and implement quality health care projects across the state.
He emphasized the need for collaborations with relevant agencies of government, stakeholders and the private sector with a view to revitalizing the primary healthcare system.
He disclosed further that the present administration, as part of the THEMES mandate has pledged to gradually increase the allocation to health from the present eight percent to 15 percent stressing that this is aimed at achieving a universal Health.
The Commissioner added that the government is putting in place strategies to meet the dynamic health needs of the state being a fast growing city with over 22 million people.