Assembly bemoans state of Lagos hospitals, obsolete equipment
Lagos State House of Assembly has bemoaned the current condition of public hospitals across the state, describing it as an eyesore and unacceptable.
The facilities, including the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), General Hospitals and primary health cantres, either have no personnel or struggling with obsolete equipment.
House Committee on Health, during an inspection tour of the facilities, said it was regrettable to see “our hospitals still lacking adequate infrastructure and personnel, especially doctors and nurses” despite efforts of the past and current governors in the state.
Chairman House Committee on Health, Segun Olulade, said it was most disturbing to see the state-own tertiary institution, LASUTH, without adequate equipment and personnel.
According to Olulade, “The equipment we saw in our hospitals are obsolete. Some of them were the ones provided by the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande and that of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.
He instructed the Lagos ministry of health to work with pharmacists to ensure that patients do not buy drugs outside the hospital premises, as he said, “some of those drugs sold outside are fake products”.
“We are aware that some doctors refer patients to some of these pharmaceutical stores. We must provide drugs for our patients within the hospitals and our findings have shown that this is possible.
“Also, I want to say that the Ikorodu General Hospital is being encroached by land grabbers, we must put a stop to this. We must think of providing hospitals for the people in rural areas as there is a huge movement of people from urban areas to rural areas,” Olulade said, while briefing the health commissioner on the committee’s finding.
The House also condemned the situation of the laundry section of some of the general hospitals visited, adding that this could increase communicable diseases.
Olulade also lamented the poor electricity in the hospitals, which he said was due to poor funding.
He, however, commended workers in the general hospitals in the state as he said that they were always at their duty posts each time he paid unscheduled visit to the hospitals.
The lawmaker also frowned at the contractors, who he said collected monies and absconded rather than doing what was expected of them in the hospitals.
Olulade specifically drew the attention of the Commissioner and others at the meeting to the poor state of facilities at Badagry General Hospital, Ifako/Ijaiye General Hospital, Agbowa General Hospital, Ketu/Ejinrin Healthcare Centre, Epe General Hospital and Ibeju-Lekki Hospital among others.
In his response, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris thanked the Health Committee for the visit. He said that personnel is a major problem in the healthcare sector in the state, adding that the state bears the brunt of the problems in the country due to over-population.
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