Posted on: Thu 23-05-2024

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the state is not relenting in its efforts to offer high-quality medical services that meet or exceed international standards.

This way, he said, the state “aims to attract patients not only from within Nigeria but also from across the region and globally.”

“This will not only boost the local economy but also enhance the reputation of Lagos as a medical hub,” Abayomi said on Wednesday at a ministerial briefing at Alausa to mark the first anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office.

Abayomi said the state government had made significant efforts to make healthcare accessible for residents, irrespective of economic status.

He added that the health ministry was always reviewing its laws to keep up with the changing dynamics of global health practices.

He said, “Working closely with the Lagos State House of Assembly, we are constantly reviewing our laws and developing new laws to keep up with the changing dynamics of global health practices.

“The MOH is making all efforts to improve quality of care to its citizens at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, which in lay terms means the 300 plus PHCs, the 30 plus General Hospitals and the Teaching hospital LASUTH through good governance structures.”

He explained that one of the bold steps the Lagos State Government made was the move towards making health insurance mandatory for all residents of Lagos State, saying it also subsidised costs for financially weak residents.

“Recognising the economic disparities among its residents, Lagos State has been furthering plans to provide subsidies for the economically weak sections of society. These subsidies ensure that health insurance is affordable for everyone, including low-income households, which are often the most vulnerable to health-related financial shocks,” he said.

He emphasised that Lagos State was engaging in partnerships with reputed healthcare institutions from around the world, saying these collaborations would help in the transfer of knowledge, medical expertise, and technological advancements.