The organizers of the annual Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference on Thursday, recorgnised the contributions of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to healthcare in Lagos State as part of the activities marking the eight-edition of the conference.
The award was received by the Lagos State commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi on behalf of the governor.
Partners recorgnised at the event include; TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Leadway Health and Silverbird Communication.
Addressing the audience at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos, the commissioner assured that the state government is committed to providing the needed infrastructure to achieve sustainable healthcare in Lagos State.
Speaking on healthcare and wellness, the commissioner said: “You are only as healthy as the food you eat and the environment you live in.”
He added that the government is committed to radical redirection of the health infrastructure in the State.
“Brain gain will be given attention, by providing facility for medical specialization. The state is providing modern intervention for cancer and kidney diseases among others.
“We will attract our medical practitioners from outside the country. We will do more to protect our medical data; we will promote indigenous knowledge system. We must do all to not destroy or ecosystem,” he said.
The guest lecturer at the event, Chief Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Dr, Aina Oluwagbemiga explained that one of the core solutions to implementation challenges of healthcare in Nigeria is policy communication.
He spoke on the need to give special attention to the health sector, underlining the need for public and private participation.
According to him, research institutions should be given the needed fund.