Medical experts seek improved manpower for Lagos health sector
‘Climate change a threat to nation’s peace’
• State records 30,467 divorce, tenancy disputes in eight months
Medical practitioners and investors yesterday urged the Lagos State Government to recruit more health specialists in its primary health institutions to cater for the teeming number of people who seek care on daily basis.
The experts, who spoke at a forum, with the theme, “Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities for Lagos Residents,” raised the alarm that the city is moving from infectious to non-infectious diseases that require more trained medical personnel who need to cater for people battling various health challenges, such as cancer, hypertension, stroke, chronic kidney diseases and osteoporosis, among others.
An expert with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Olugbenga Jeje, who led the call, charged the government to intensify awareness on the existence of primary health centres in the state to reduce pressure on the secondary health institutions.
On his part, Managing Director, ATBSOFTECH Education and Technology, Abiodun Atobatele, said with World Bank Group prediction that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate will be 2.1 per cent for 2019, while Lagos would be at four per cent, there was the need for government to increase investment in health, education and technology.
He, therefore, advised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to open up the Epe and Badagry axis for massive investment to create additional GDP.
Atobatele warned that the civil servants need to be sincere in operations and work towards the progress of the state as Lagos is key to unlocking the wealth of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the state has warned that flood cases and other climate change issues remain a major threat to the country’s peace.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo, represented by the Director, Civil Litigation Centre, Mr. Saheed Quadri, gave the warning yesterday at a press briefing to mark the International Day of Peace in Lagos State.
The attorney-general disclosed that 30,467 divorce cases, landlords against tenants’ disputes and others were recorded in the state in eight months.