By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
The Chairman, House Committee on Health Services in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olusola Sokunle, has disclosed that the Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the state would be upgraded to world class standard, saying that those that are already of high standard would be well equipped with world class equipment.
Sokunle explained that it is expected that PHCs should be able to render medical services that are of minor to general hospitals, saying that equipping them equate saving life of the grassroot people who could not easily access general hospital services due to distance.
He stated that the committee had put it upon itself to ensure that the health sector benefits more than before in 2019 budget by lobbying other lawmakers to support any health care bill presented before the House of Assembly.
Sokunle, who said this while visiting the three health flagships in Kosofe Local government, Agboyi Ketu LCDA and Ikosi Isheri LCDA, added that there were minor challenges in the healthcare centres that could be handled by the council Chairmen.
“There are some minor challenges in these healthcare centres which can be handled by the Council Chairmen. They should have the ability and capability to solve them.”
However, the Executive Chairman of Kosofe LGA, Hon. Afolabi Sofola, explained that Ogudu Primary Health Centre was promised to be equipped by the Fashola administration but till the administration ended, the equipment were not brought to the health centre.
Sofola added that the local government had made request to the current administration on their needs but yet to get response on it.
The Medical Officer of Kosofe LGA, Dr Adenike Oguntuase, explained that the health centre needs more medical doctors and nurses, saying that the health centre had made request to the primary health care board.
In Agboyi Ketu LCDA, the representative of the Medical Officer of the LCDA, Dr O.H Folajimi, who took the committee round the health centre facilities, lamented on the low medical manpower , saying that the health centre rely on power supply by the 24KV generator and that they could work optimally with generator as they could not put on their air conditioners.
Folajimi stated that the laboratory of the health centre lacks automated haematology analysis (FBC), micro-haematocrit centrifuge (PCV), electrophoresis machine (Genotype) and air condition.