Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called for more investment in medical equipment and research.
Sanwo-Olu, at the 2021 Physicians’ Week organised by the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, said more attention should be given to the health sector to increase the budget for medical equipment, research and welfare of personnel.
The theme of the event was, ‘Nigeria in the COVID-19 Era: Health System Strengthening for National Security and Prosperity.’
Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the wife of the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Mrs Omolara Eniayewun, said the COVID-19 pandemic had brought to fore the need to strengthen the health system.
She noted that the pandemic disrupted routine schedule of the health workers and the population.
“During the pandemic, a number of medical supply chain companies started operation in the country to complement the existing ones.
“The point is, there must be deliberate policies to encourage more of such firms so as to drastically reduce the huge deficit that we have in that regard,” she said.
The wife of the governor stressed the need to leverage technology and internalise it toward addressing most of the challenges confronting the health sector.
A Professor of Public Health Medicine, Olumuyiwa Odusanya, said the COVID-19 pandemic remained a global concern, saying more attention should be given to improve service delivery.
Odusanya said that there was the need to retrain the health workforce and pay attention to health diagnosis.
He noted that primary health care was the cornerstone of the nation’s health system.
The don urged the NMA to collaborate with other sectors to hold government accountable and remove barriers that impede health care delivery.
The Lagos NMA chairman, Dr Adetunji Adenekan, said that in the last 22 months, global health systems had worked tirelessly to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adenekan said that the efforts included the production and availability of vaccines even as the country eases out of the third wave gradually.
He said that the physicians’ week was an annual national event celebrated by Nigerian Medical and Dental practitioners.
Adenekan added that the week was set aside to celebrate Nigerian doctors, their compassion, selflessness and tenacity.