Professor Akin Abayomi, who is the present commissioner for health in Lagos state announced the state government’s commitment to revitalising the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the state. Abayomi said this on Sunday 22nd September 2019 in Lagos stating that this was to provide quality, efficient and accessible healthcare services for the citizens.
Professor Abayomi noted that revitalising the PHCs would enable the state to attain the goals of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The commissioner said that PHC builds up the foundation of healthcare structure at the community level of any worldwide health strategy. He also said, all across the country, a good number of primary healthcare centres were dilapidated, and they cannot even provide the required services.
“Therefore, it is vitally important that we begin to engage all tiers of government to find the right funding and operational model. Good governance oversight is required to ensure that we jointly take account for these centres through efficient management systems,” he said in a statement.
Professor Abayomi further stated that the Nigeria Constitution and the Lagos State Health Reform Act has placed huge responsibilities on the Local Government Area of Health Authority and Ward Committees to be responsible for the smooth functioning of PHCs. According to him, the success of the Lagos State Health Scheme is aimed at delivering basic healthcare to the majority of Lagos residents. The commissioner said that the state government has developed new and helpful policies and they are currently implementing strategies aimed at reviving the PHC system.