LASG promises increased budget for health sector

The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has said the state government will increase budgetary allocation to maternal, newborn and child health services.

She said the move was part of efforts to provide quality care and accessible maternal, newborn and child health interventions across public and private health facilities in the state.

The governor’s wife spoke during the commencement of the 2019 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week at the secretariat of the Lagos Island Local Government Area.

Mrs Sanwo-Olu noted that government was poised to improve efforts towards the provision of user-friendly atmosphere across all health facilities in the state.

“Our plans, among others, include massive and aggressive capacity building of knowledge and skills of our health care workers so that they will be able to offer evidence-based health care services to our citizens; renovation and revamping of all primary health care system in the state to be able to gain public confidence through the provision of high standard health care services; and improving access to basic screening and prevention of premature deaths through the state health scheme.

“We will continue to provide life-saving commodities and consumables in public health facilities to be able to address emergencies and life-threatening situations and address the existing human resources challenges and motivation of dedicated health workers,” she said.

The governor’s wife urged all mothers and caregivers to take advantage of the MNCH week, which started on November 25 at all primary health centres across the state.

She explained that the health programme would end on November 29, adding that services to be rendered free of charge included immunisation, de-worming of children, malnutrition screening, counselling of caregivers on infant and young child feeding and food demonstration.

According to her, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of child-bearing age will also be provided with blood-building drugs and family planning services.
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