Commissioner of Health in Lagos State Dr Jide Idris today said 320 illegal Pharmaceutical outlets were sealed and raided in the year 2016. Dr Idris noted this at the Lagos State Ministry Of Health annual ministerial report which took place at the Bagauda Kaltho press center at Alausa.
In his remarks the commissioner said that the projects and achievement in the Health in the state includes commission of 14 renovated comprehensive Primary Health Care Board with procurement of medical and office equipment for 15 Primary Health Care’s in the state.Another landmark of the ministry of Health in the year of review is the completion of sewage treatment plant in Shomolu and Apapa General Hospital,completion and commissioning of the Helipad at Lagos State University, LASUTH, completion and commissioning of the new critical care unit LASUTH.
Dr Idris noted that in the last one year a total number of 1,795 facilities were monitored,34 hospitals were closed and 21 petitions were received by the unit.The commissioner also noted that 1,917 hospitals renewed their registration,161 certificates were issued and 309 new facilities were inspected for registration.
Some of the projects sponsored in the year of review was the third Lagos State Government Cochlear Implant Surgeries which was carried out on eight patients in LASUTH without foreign Doctors support,the first successful Bone Bridge Surgery and first successful kidney transplant.The South Korean community and vision care provided free cataract surgeries for over 120 Lagosians.Outpatient treatment was also provided for over 250 patients.
Commissioner of Health in Lagos State at the ministerial briefing also reported that 96 donor drives were carried out in various corporate organisations by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services within this period resulting in the recruitment of 4179 voluntary blood donors. A total of 73,082 units of blood were screened for both private and public blood banks
Responding to allegations of negligence on the part of health workers in the State, which had led to, in some cases, avoidable loss of lives, the Commissioner said penalties had been meted out to erring workers
“Let me assure you that all policies and programmes of this administration are geared towards improving the living conditions and welfare of the people of Lagos. However, this is the civil service and there are ways of doing things within the system.
“There are some information which might not be readily available to you, but I can tell you that on the issue of negligence to duty, we have sanctioned over 42 health workers for various offences,” he said.
He added that the Lagos State Ministry of Health would continue to deal with any health official culpable of any offence.
On information gathering and data accuracy, he said the ministry had in recent times, enlisted the services of personnel who’ve been trained to gather data across the State, with the aim to improving planning and quality service delivery to the people.
Regarding the issue of surgical deliveries in Lagos, Idris said it was at a 40 per cent rate at the moment. He also said the HIV prevalence rate in the State, was four per cent, according to the Federal Government.
He stressed that Lagos had decided to conduct her own survey to ensure accurate data as it had been discovered in time past that some of the figures brandished by either the Federal Government or other International and local health organizations, haven’t been a true reflection of the situation on ground in the State.