17th September, 2012
The Lagos State Government has graduated the first batch of 300 health volunteers trained to provide assistance to patients at Primary Health Centres, PHCs in Lagos State.
The event which held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Lagos, southwest Nigeria last Thursday witnessed large crowd of people coming to felicitate with the graduates.
“The programme is one of government’s efforts geared towards addressing the challenges of providing health care services at the grassroots as well as creating employment opportunities for graduates who roam the street in search of employment.
“During our political campaigns, I promised the people of Lagos that in our second term in office, we would focus more than ever before on primary health care.
“Now that we have built many more secondary and tertiary health facilities, LASUTH-a flagship tertiary facility- and other general hospitals which are manned by committed personnel, there is the need for us to equip our PHCs where we can render service to the majority of our people,” said Governor Babatunde Fashola at the graduation ceremony.
“But the truth is that no matter how many hospitals we build, I do not know any nation that has provided enough doctors and enough hospitals for her entire population if they fall sick, the focus, therefore, must be equipping your population to prevent avoidable diseases and avoidable deaths and that capacity lies very strongly in the PHCs.
“So this programme is one step out of the many we will be enunciating in strengthening and re-invigorating primary health care in Lagos,” he added.
Fashola challenged the volunteers to make good use of the opportunity, stressing that government would not hesitate to remove anyone who breached the oath of appointment as a volunteer.
He said they were recruited to complement the efforts of the staff of the Ministry of Health in rendering assistance and care to patients at the PHCs.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said the volunteer scheme was one of the attempts by the government to tackle the increasing unemployment rate in the country.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina said the graduates had been equipped with all that is needed to impact on healthcare in the state, urging them to be open and dedicate themselves to the service of the people.