The Lagos State Government has once again demonstrated her commitment to the welfare of pregnant women and children with the recent procurement and handing over of Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Transport Ambulances to all the secondary health facilities to manage emergency medical services at the community level and reduce response time to distress calls.
Permanent Secretary, Health Service Board, Dr. Jemilade Longe, who disclosed this in his office while analysing the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of the state’s healthcare plan for the past few months, stated that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has pledged total commitment to run a government that will leave no one behind in its healthcare plan.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had promised to include every Lagosians in its healthcare system by implementing programmes that would make life simpler, easier and happier for the people, especially pregnant women and children.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the upward increase recorded in the ante-natal care attendance in public health facilities was as a result of the robust maternal and child mortality reduction programme strategies being implemented by the State Government.
The commencement of the strategies which were fashioned towards addressing some major causes of maternal and child mortality in the state, Longe said the KPIs have been pointing upwards, showing that the strategies are yielding positive results as shown in the increase in ante-natal attendance, deliveries, patronage of immunization against childhood killer diseases and women accessing family planning services.
According to him: “the KPIs on ante-natal attendance in Shomolu General Hospital showed an increase in ante-natal attendance from 491 in January, 2015 to 635 in July of same year while that of Ikorodu General Hospital also showed an increase from 681 in January, 2015 and 1,021 in July of same year.
He emphasised that various maternal and child health services in the state’s public health facilities have been strengthened and improved on in line with the avowed commitment of the Ambode led administration to an efficient, qualitative, effective, equitable and affordable health care delivery.
Longe revealed that in line with the policy thrust of affordable health care delivery, the last review of charges for services rendered at the various categories of secondary health care facilities as approved by the Government was in November, 2012 and have remained same since.
Specifically concerning charges in the state government’s health facilities for ante-natal bookings, the Permanent Secretary says it is an average of about N12,000, though with minor variations depending on the category and location of health facility whether they are urban, semi-urban or rural,” the Permanent Secretary explained.