Lagos State Government (LASG) plans to restructure and upgrade more Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) to increase access to health care services among residents.
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Tayo Lawal disclosed the plan during the review meeting on reports of state of the PHCs across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
Lawal assured that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to restructuring healthcare delivery in the key Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centres as well as upgrade existing PHCs as part of the drive to put confidence in the system and increase access to health care.
According to Lawal, “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”.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the planned construction of new PHCs as well as renovation and upgrade existing ones by the present administration is in line with State government’s desire to bring quality and efficient health care services closer to the people.
said: “Governor Sanwo-Olu 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 in line with the State government’s commitment to achieve universal health coverage”.
The PHCs boss pointed out that through the planned revitalization, residents will enjoy improved health services assuring that all PHCs in the State have been equipped with the right facilities to provide minimum health care package which includes health promotion and education; maternal and child health care services; and treatment of common ailments and diseases.
He noted that in ensuring residents enjoy deserved care, the strategies will be through the Basic Health Care provisions fund and sustainable drug revolution fund which has been launched in the state.
“The components of Basic Health Care provision fund include Health Insurance Scheme, Emergency Medical Services, provision of essential drugs, equipment, capacity building and community participation” said, Lawal.
He assured that the State Primary Health Care Board will intensify the monitoring of Primary Healthcare Centres’ facilities to ensure that they provide quality and efficient health care services.
Also, as part of the reinvigoration of the Primary Healthcare Centres, the Permanent Secretary said training and re-orientation of health workers will enjoy priority in the administration “because human resource development is pivotal to delivery of quality healthcare in our state.
He enjoined residents to key into enjoying quality Primary Healthcare by buying into the State Health Insurance Scheme which kicked off in 2018.