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Monday, 3 June 2019

Medical Guild Congratulates Sanwo-Olu, Gives Guideline For Health Sector


The Medical Guild has congratulated His Excellency, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu the new governor of Lagos state on his recent inauguration along with his Deputy, His Excellency, Dr. Kadri Hamzat, and their wives: Dr. Mrs. C. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Mrs Oluremi Hamzat.

According to the statement released to the press, Dr. Babajide Saheed, Chairman of the Medical Guild stated that the development of the health sector is part of the new Governor’s administration’s six (6) rules for development, which is captured by the acronym “THEMES” being: Traffic Management and Transport, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism, Security and Governance.

“The health sector,” said the Guild’s chairman, “is an important sector in the socio-economic development, as the provision of affordable, accessible and qualitative healthcare to the populace is of primary importance in the drive towards the attainment of a developed society. And the development in the health sector can be achieved through:

“Replacement of staff who leave the system and recruitment of more health workers, necessary for the increasing population of Lagos, which should be a continuous process, Focusing on infrastructural development in the Health sector with the provision of standard and well equipped primary, secondary and tertiary health institutions in the state. This will enable the provision of qualitative health care which will meet the international standards. Increment in the retirement age of medical doctors from 60years to 65years, with cessation of contract appointments, to allow experienced hands to continue to provide useful service, thus enhancing quality of healthcare. Appointment of Medical doctors as permanent secretaries at Lagos State Health agencies in accordance with the Lagos State Health Reform Law of 2006 for effective and comprehensive administration in the health sector. The Convening of a Lagos State Health Summit, to deliberate on the issues affecting the health sector in the state, in relation to; human resources, professional activities, infrastructural development, and administrative issues among the agencies in the Health Sector (HSC, LASUTH, MOH, PHCB). This will bring synergy among these agencies, and will enhance healthcare delivery.”
The Guild also suggested a provision of welfare packages to the health workers through: housing loans (rent-to-own), car loans/ provision of car, accommodation for LASUTH resident doctors and house officers and other categories of doctors, befitting accommodation for the health workers, ensuring better remuneration for health worker, prompt payment of honorarium for the honorary consultants in LASUTH, establishment of recreation centres for health workers. These will encourage and increase the efficiency of the health workers in the provision of health services to the populace.”
Other suggestions included: “All states Primary Health Centres should have doctors, which will reduce pressure on the secondary and tertiary institutions, a major step towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. Renovation of the Cardiac and Renal centres in Gbagada General Hospital with modern equipments and staffing with indigenous health workers to reduce medical tourism and discourage/ reduce brain drain of health workers to other countries. Reduction in political interference in the delivery of healthcare, by allowing the health specialists or experts to make health sector policies for the state. Review of the newly inaugurated Lagos State Health Scheme in order to provide equitable, accessible, affordable and qualitative health care delivery with universal coverage. Establishment of Children hospitals in the three(3) senatorial districts to reduce Neonatal and Children Mortality  and Morbidity rate in the state. Allocation of an association bus to Medical Guild as was done for other unions/associations in the state through the office of the Head of Service. Allocation of space for a permanent secretariat in the premises of General Hospital, Gbagada. Restoration of the statutory NMA-appointed members to the boards of LASUTH, PHCB, HEFAAMA, LASHMA and Hospitals governing boards. These are mechanisms of conflict resolution, feedback to the government and maintenance of standards. This appointment of NMA representatives to the boards of Lagos State health agencies is backed by Lagos State Health Sector Reform Law 2006.”
While pledging readiness to work with the new administration, the Chairman of the Medical Guild appealed to the administration for call duty allowances to be declared non-taxable, in order to reduce the massive tax burden of members of the Guild.



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