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Health News of Monday, 27 September 2021

Source: tribuneonlineng.com

Lagos govt employs 400 health workers

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

Amidst the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Lagos State government has engaged the services of 400 health workers.

These include Consultants, Medical Officers, Dental Officers, Medical House Officers, Pharmacists, Pharmacy technicians, Nurses, Nurse Interns, Dietitians, Physiotherapist, Radiographers, Optometrist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Dental Therapist, Dental Technologists, Medical Health Records Officers, Medical Engineers, Pharmacy Interns, Physiotherapy Interns, Radiographer Intern and Medical Laboratory Scientist Interns.

According to Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr Atinuke Onayiga, the employment was to fill existing vacancies in state-owned secondary health facilities between the last quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.

Onayiga, disclosed this while reviewing the report of the ongoing recruitment exercise currently being coordinated by the Health Service Commission.

She noted that the engagement of the health care workers is part of the current administration’s strategy to improve human resources for health towards the provision of qualitative healthcare delivery in Lagos State.

She further stated that the recruitment of the health workers was conducted consequently to the approval of the Governor and in line with the exit replacement and human resource policy of the State government.

She said: “The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu places priority on human resources for health, human capital development, and medical infrastructural development as a means of achieving the Health and Environment mandate of the THEMES agenda.

“The Lagos State Health Service Commission in alignment with the THEMES agenda is doing everything within its capacity to ensure optimal human resource provision to the public health sector.

“This, we will vigorously pursue until we attain an equitable distribution of human resources in our health facilities which will ensure improved access to qualitative and efficient health service delivery. It should reduce waiting time and improve the overall patient experience in our health facilities in line with our mandate”.

Onayiga noted that with the increased investment in health over the years, especially in human resources, human capacity development, medical infrastructure and implementation of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu led administration to the attainment of universal health coverage has been further affirmed.

“This ultimately, will halt the trend of brain drain of the health professionals and attract medical tourism to Lagos State,” she added.