By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The lawmaker representing Alimosho Constituency 1, at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, has said government at all levels need to do more on quality health service delivery in Nigeria, urging local governments to focus on Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).
Yusuff stated that this would ease the healthcare challenges in the country and assist the people in the grassroots.
While speaking with newsmen on the last day of his annual free healthcare programme to his constituents and others on Monday, the lawmaker stressed he built 3 functional PHCs to address health challenges of the people when he was local government chairman some years back, saying that current council chairmen across the country can do same to complement federal and state governments efforts.
“We have three levels of government; federal, state and local. Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) belong to the local governments.
“They should focus on this seriously. As a local government chairman, I established many Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and today three of them have turned to semi-general hospitals.
“This is what we are talking about. They should spend part of their resources on this,” he said.
The lawmaker added that so far they had done over 300 operations and that they targetted about 500 with 25 doctors on ground.
“All praises and adoration goes to God Almighty. I was marvelled over the success of this year’s edition.
“People came in multitude from far and near, which shows that we have a long way to go in healthcare in Nigeria.
“We are equal whether we are from Sokoto or Zamfara or anywhere, that is why I have not discriminated against any ethnic group.
“I give the doctors credit for what they have done for me. About three people came with hunch back that were as big as calabash and they were removed. One of them had his own for over 35 years. It was a perfect job,” he said.
He added that the programme was duplicated in Alimosho Local Government area and in the other four Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the area; Agbado Oke Odo, Mosan Okunola, Egbe Idimu and, Igando Ikotun.
The lawmaker said further that they had done more than 30,000 check up, and challenged health professionals to find cure for some diseases that are rampant lately.
“I have said it that we should know the root cause of disease like hernia, keloid, and others.
“We must have research centres to know the root of these diseases. I challenge the professors of medicine and medical experts to look into this.
“I am doing the little ones I can do now and if I can do over 500 operations for people you don’t expect me to do this everyday.
“That is an honest opinion. My philosophy is to remove pains from people during my birthday since I have good health.
“We are thinking of coming up with a motion on healthcare on the floor of the Assembly very soon,” he said.
Speaking with newsmen, the mother of a 11years old boy (Isaiah Ibiyeye) who was treated of Hernia, Mrs Adeola Ibiyeye, expressed her joy for the free treatment of her son, saying that there is no way she could huge amount of money to treat him without the free medical intervention programme.
Ibiyeye who resides in Iba local council development area, tasked other public office holders on such gesture in their respective constituencies, saying that such would help reduce diseases among people in the country.
” I really appreciate this free health programme because there is no way I could raise money for the treatment of hernia that had been affecting my son for years. I urge other public office holders to emulate Hon. Bisi Yusuff, so that the less privileged will not die of serious health challenges because of lack of personal money for the treatment”, said Ibiyeye
Another beneficiary, Mr Kamoru Tijani, who is a fashion designer, commended the lawmaker for organising the free health programme, saying that government should intensify efforts in health service delivery.
Tijani, who was treated of Lipoma, disclosed that he had been treating the disease since 1999, saying it had engulfed money he could not account for.
The healthcare programme started on Thursday 26th September 26, the birthday of the lawmaker and it held for five days as it is done annually.