BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
Chairman House Committee on Health Services in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Suuru Avoseh has said that the state government has concluded plans to refurbish over 254 health centres in the state to meet the yearning and aspiration of residents.
Avoseh disclosed this during his familiarisation tour to Badagry General Hospital adding that that the pressure on the General Hospitals in the state were too many to handle saying that the state government would soon embark on refurbishment and reconstruction of most of the health centres in all the 20 Local Government Councils and 37 Local Council Development Areas by April this year.
The lawmaker said “ the state government is set to deliver qualitative, affordable and equitable health care services to the citizenry applying appropriate technology by a highly motivated staff .
“We want improvement in our hospitals to the standard that is comparable to the developed countries. Our visit here is to see the working environment of Badagry hospital and also to know how you spend your budget.
“We want your co-operation and tell us your challenges so that we can be of assistance. We are not to spy or to intimidate you. We are only carrying out our oversight function as required by the constitution.”
Earlier, the Medical Director Dr. Gbolahan Durojaye said Badagry General Hospital has 370 staff with 26 doctors and 103 nurses who were facing various operational challenges.
Durojaye commended the efforts of the committee saying the visit would improve and strengthen the relationship between the Legislative and Executive arms of government.
The committee was later conducted round the hospital. It visited are, Accident and emergency unit, school of amnesthia laboratory department, Male surgical and pediatric ward.
It would be recalled that Badagry General Hospital was built in 1951 by the colonial administration.