By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
The Chairman House Committee on Health Services, Hon. Olusola Sokunle, has decried the partitioning of the Festac Primary Health Centre for private practice by Amuwo Odofin local government, saying that it was against the health policy of the state government and laws made by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
The lawmaker who complained bitterly on the partitioning stated that the act by the local government would definitely affect the service delivery of the health centre, stating further that there would be no way the residents of the local government would enjoy free health care service which the state aimed at.
Sokunle added ” It is wrong to have let out part of the health centre for private hospital for use. This is totally in variance to the state government health policy. How do you want the residents to feel when they are reffered to private health clinic within government public health centre? This act would portray the state government in a bad light. How do you want state government to continue to invest public funds on the health centre when the local government commercialises the space which is meant for use by the public health centre”
The lawmaker who met the absence of the Council Chairman, however, directed the Medical Officer of the Local government, Dr Sunday Orebiyi, to inform the Executive Chairman of the council, Com. Valentine Buraimoh, to appear before the Health Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly to explain why part of the health centre space was partitioned for private health centre for commercial purposes.
Also, at Ojo Primary Health Centre in Ojo Local government where the Executive Chairman, Hon. Idowu Rasulu Olusola, was not available to attend to the House Committee on Health Services, the health facilities were poorly maintained as the mattresses in the open ward of the health centre were dirty and with tore blanket.
It was also noticed that out of 6 ceiling fans in the maternal room , only one is working even as there is no air-condition to complement the ceiling fans.
Taking the Health Committee round the health centre on behalf of the Medical Officer of the local government, Mrs Kelani Funke, lamented that the current state of the health facilities in the health centre was counterproductive, saying that the staff had been working under unconductive environment for long.
Funke implored the Health Committee to come to their rescue , disclosing that the Medical Officer of the Council, Dr Ibukun Olatubosun, approached the council Chairman frequently on the needs of the health centre to function properly.
” The Medical Officer had frequently told the council Chairman about what we need in this health centre to work effectively and efficiently but nothing was done. Our fans are not working. Out of 6 fans, only one is working in this maternal room”
A source in the health centre disclosed to WESTERNPOST, that the supply of tored mattresses in the open ward was contracted to a relative of the council Chairman who supplied substandard mattresses without being cautioned.
It is right to point that the House Committee on Health Services had been on inspection of PHCs in state as part of its oversight function.