Towards improving healthcare delivery system in Lagos State, Rev Godstime Ikumapayi, Chairman, Ward Health Committee, Lagos State has urged the Lagos State Government to inaugurate the Local Government Authority.
Ikumapayi made the call after a peaceful walk to the Primary Health Care Board by members of Lagos State Civil Society Partnership, LACSOP and Ward Health Committee.
Ikumapayi while speaking explained that the Local Government Health Authorities is supposed to be a parent body for the WHCs adding that the inauguration of LGHA is key to sustaining the valuable contributions of WHCs.
“We want our parent body to surface soon, we want our expectations for the health sector to be met for the benefits of citizens and residents”, Ikumapayi added.
While receiving the group that embarked on the peaceful walk, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Temitayo Lawal appreciated members of the WHCs for their efforts which have helped to improve primary healthcare delivery system across the state.
Lawal assured the group that their concerns would be addressed as soon as possible and urged them not to relent on their efforts.
The PS added that, “the government is aware of the gap and we would be responsive in due course. The government cannot do it alone and that’s why we have to work with you, to ensure the needs of the citizens are met adequately.”
Earlier, while introducing the group members to the Permanent Secretary, Chairman Steering Committee of LACSOP, Barr Ayo Adebusoye explained that WHC members have contributed immensely at their various communities but could do more if empowered to do so, hence the need for the inauguration of the LGHA.
The LGHA is one of the four structures set up by the Lagos State Health Sector Reform Law 2006 to improve healthcare delivery in the state. The LGHA is expected to operate under the Primary Health Care Board and responsible for the coordination and integration of various health services across the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the state.