A total of 14 Communities in Lagos has benefitted from fully equipped 24-hour service upgraded flagship Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) which is a collaborative effort between the Federal and State Government under the Conditional Grant Scheme.
Speaking during the inauguration of the PHC’s which was held simultaneously across the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, enjoined the citizens of the state to take maximum advantage of the facilities and ensure that they are fully and well utilized.
He noted that the centres some of which were upgraded, rehabilitated and provided with office furniture and medical equipment, was achieved under the Y2015 Conditional Grant Scale-Up programme which was conceived by the Federal Government and administered through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) and was borne out of the Debt Relief Gain (DRG) granted to Nigeria by Paris Club and associated Nations in Y2006.
Gov. Ambode further said that projects funded under this programme are specifically targeted at the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).
He said the State Government decided to focus on providing access to quality healthcare in order to improve the healthcare system in the State by bringing services closer to communities, redirecting citizens to the Primary Healthcare System to reduce pressure on the secondary and tertiary facilities, reduce inequalities among different groups by providing quality healthcare irrespective of social status, gender and religious belief, serve as a first point of call for medical emergencies, practice preventive medicine and immunization to check spread of diseases and provide family planning and maternity services, among others.
He further said all the centres being inaugurated has not only largely fulfilled the expected objectives but has met the requirements to become Flagship Primary Healthcare Centre serving the residents of the various communities and their environs.
The facilities provided in each centre includes, reception areas for children welfare, ante-natal care, fully detached building with emergency rooms, health education and oral rehydration therapy(ORT) corners, doctor’s station, consulting rooms, maternity/delivery room, pharmacy & dispensing units as well as functional male and female toilet facilities with clean water supply source, alternative power back-up with 60KVA generating set and staff accommodation within the premises to mention a few.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode thanked the federal government for the support rendered throughout the different stages of the project delivery and commended the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas for releasing their facilities for this great feat.