By Tordue Salem,
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the Green House would consider an increase in the allocation for the health sector in the 2021 budget.
The Spokesperson gave the guarantee, in a 2-day training organized for health workers by his office in Lagos state. He said the program was to improve his ability to better handle the Covid-19 situation.
Opening the training on Sunday in Lagos, the speaker said it was “part of efforts to ensure that healthcare professionals have the skills they need to continue doing the incredible work they have done so far.”
The spokesperson, according to a statement from his special media adviser, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, “paid enthusiastic tributes to all healthcare workers across the country for the way they have handled the Covid-19 situation so far, he said he believed they deserve more attention in terms of training and capacity building. “
According to the speaker, “Through all of this, our medical professionals have shown exemplary courage and commitment. Their efforts have renewed our faith in the human spirit and have shown us that we are, each of us, capable of extraordinary greatness, of unmeasured courage and kindness beyond what we imagine in ordinary times. “
He said: “This moment also requires that governments at all levels continue to support the training, well-being and well-being of medical professionals who are at the forefront of this existential battle. We owe them so much, and much more. “
Gbajabiamila added that the Chamber “has committed to increase the appropriations owed to the health sector so that we can remedy the weaknesses in infrastructure and capacity, access and quality that overwhelm our national health system.
“It is also an example of what we can do when we work together, at different levels of government and with the private sector to achieve goals that serve the best interests of all of our citizens.”
He was delighted with the discovery of a vaccine that would kill Covid-19, but cautioned that “However, we must acknowledge and continue to act knowing that we are still far from the time when that vaccine will be perfect. and readily available to everyone in the world. “
“When the final account of this moment is given, we will not forget to give credit to the healthcare workers and medical professionals who have helped us here in Nigeria, and others around the world, to manage and overcome the ravages of the Covid pandemic. -19. .
“So as we anticipate this medical breakthrough, we must prepare to face the reality of now. And the truth is, we still have work to do to make sure we survive this battle against disease and death.
“That work begins with making sure all of our citizens continue to observe Covid-19 guidelines and continue to care for each other as we have done thus far.”
Gbajabiamila thanked the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for personally attending the program, as well as other partners and those who helped design the program.
Speaking, Sanwo-Olu, who acknowledged the fact that the speaker is making both Lagos and Nigeria proud, said the training would deepen the Lagos state government’s efforts to ensure that health care is accessible and affordable for the people. of the state.
“For us in Lagos State, we will continue to see the provision of health services as an important pillar on our team’s agenda. We are committed to seeing that year from now on, we will increase the size of our health budget, ”said the governor, adding that despite the budget reduction of around 22 percent this year, the health budget increased.
“We will continue to make sure to raise the bar on our health agenda. I’m sure in terms of numbers, you saw how many tests we did for Covid in Lagos. Because we know that it is public health, we have done more than 120,000 to 125,000 for free. So you can compare to when we brought in our private lab doctors.
“It goes to show you that envelope, the size of the financial commitment the state had to make, to make sure that a public health challenge like Covid wasn’t just something we were overlooking. We faced it from the beginning.
“Today, it is about the president, who saw fit to say that ‘this is the time to look back and give back to a sector in which I really believe.’ So Chairman and Chairman of the House Health Committee, we want to thank you for bringing this to Lagos. “
For his part, the Chairman of the House Health Committee, Representative Tanko Sununu, said Nigerians appreciate the proactive measures taken by the Governor of Lagos State to contain the coronavirus since its outbreak in Nigeria, as well as his vigilance and continuous interventions.
“This training is very important in terms of ethics, which is a systematic strategy of what the conduct and actions of a person should be with respect to himself, be it human and the environment, it could not have come in a better time than now when Nigerians especially doctors and healthcare providers are going through a lot of stress.
“The training will serve the practitioners with the best behavior expected of them at the same time that it will provide a health service with empathy to have an excellent result for the patients.”
Also, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, commended the Speaker for organizing the training, which he said would go a long way toward achieving his goals of enhancing the capacity of health workers.
“This training represents the search and desire for improvement, growth and development in the health sector. Any system that has no interest in staff training programs, or that does not give training the importance it deserves, has inevitably planned to fail or disappear altogether.
“To keep pace with the delivery of quality services, deliberate and committed efforts must be made to ensure that continuing education and capacity building remain at the core of the institution’s mandate,” he said.