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60% Lagos primary hospitals in poor shape –Commissioner

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At least 60% of the state’s primary healthcare facilities, according to Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, are not in very good shape.

This was disclosed by Abayomi on his Instagram account, @profakinabayomi, on Saturday.

To give evidence-based information for improvement, the commissioner claimed that the state government had spent time doing a needs assessment on PHC infrastructure.

“A functioning Primary Health Center is the core of a vibrant healthcare system,” he wrote. “The @lagostategovt has dedicated time to undertake a needs assessment on PHC infrastructure to provide evidence-based information for development.

“Of the more than 325 PHCs in Lagos State, at least 60% are not in a very satisfactory condition. In order to meet the citizens of Lagos’ healthcare demands, @lagosstategovt is now putting plans in place for the renovation of these facilities.

“We already have the plans that will provide the basis for transforming all PHCs. The PHCs will undergo transformation over the next three to four years, and construction will soon begin. #ForAGreaterLagos.

At the launch of the Adopt-A-Healthcare Facility Program (ADHFP), which was sponsored by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (@pshan alliance) and had as its theme “Bringing Quality Health Care to The Fingertips of Nigerians,” it was an honor to represent Lagos State Governor @jidesanwoolu.

The World Health Organization estimates that expanding basic healthcare interventions might raise life expectancy by 3.7 years and save 60 million lives by 2030 in low- and middle-income nations.

“To meet the PHC targets, an additional $200 to $370 billion must be invested annually for a broader range of health services.

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At the 2020 UN high-level UHC meeting, countries made commitments to bolster primary healthcare. According to WHO, each nation should reallocate or dedicate an additional 1% of GDP from public and private financing sources to PHC.

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