By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
As the House Committee on Health Services, Lagos State House of Assembly, commenced the inspection of Primary Health Centres across the state, the Chairman of the Committee and Lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 1, Hon. Olusola Sokunle, has warned contractors hired to execute capital projects in primary health centres not to delay in the delivery of projects undertaken by them, saying that the Lagos State House of Assembly would not tolerate any negligence.
Sokunle, who stated this when he paid a visit to the Powerline Primary Health Care Centre in Orile Agege LCDA, explained that the delay in the delivery of capital projects by the contractors would affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the primary health centres in the state.
He added further that the manpower challenge which is affecting various primary health centres across the state would be resolved soon.
The Apex Nurse of the Orile Agege primary health centre, Mrs Omolara Kayode, while taking the health committee round the health facilities of the centre, disclosed that the centre is currently renovating its patients hall, lamenting that the contractor working on the project was slow in implementing the project.
“The contractor has been on this project for long and very slow in implementing it. It is expected to be a year project but it is going to almost 4years now.
A representative of the contractor who was sighted at the health centre, Mr Lekan Awoniyi, promised that the project would be completed by December ending, assuring that the project would be the best in the state.
In Agege Local government, the Medical Officer of the council, Dr Akintoba Akintayo, lamented on the low number of medical staff, urging the committee to intervene so that the health centre could operate optimally.
Akintayo added, “We are faced with the challenge of equipment. We have high patronage but the equipment and manpower are not enough to cope with the pressure.”
At Kola Primary Health Care Centre in Ojokoro LCDA, the Medical Officer, Dr Ogunyemi Ariyike, complained of lack of adequate power supply, saying low power supply is hindering the delivery of health services in the centre.
On the issue of manpower, Ariyike added that the centre had made request to the primary health care board but still waiting for the response.
“We have problem with manpower and we have made request to the primary health care board but they are still to deploy health officers to that effect.”
The Health Committee also visited Ifako Ijaiye Primary health Care Centre where the Council Chairman, Hon. Oloruntoba Oke, supervised the inspection of the health centre.