By Eric Elezuo
The governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged the officers and members of the Nigerian Medical Association on improved healthcare delivery in Lagos using the yardsticks of dedication to duty and professionalism among others.
The governorship hopeful made the charge in Lagos when the Association and other affiliated medical professional groups paid him a courtesy visit at his Campaign Office in Ikoyi. The was led by it’s Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni.
In his remarks, Mr. Sanwo-Olu assured the association of his readiness to work with medical professionals to improve healthcare delivery system in Lagos State.
He called on the NMA and other affiliated groups and their members to vote for him in the forthcoming governorship election so that their good desires for a functional health sector that is accessible and affordable will be realised.
“We have a comprehensive plan to integrate primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare institutions in Lagos in a way that the three layers’ function very well and meet the expectations of Lagosians. This is why I want to appeal to you to vote the APC.
“I have a family relationship with you as my wife is one of your members. Please support us to win this election and you can be sure I will work to meet your expectations,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The popular candidate praised the medical doctors for always demonstrating professionalism, stressing that his administration will seek to create an environment where medical professionals will be comfortable enough to live and work in Lagos state.
In his response, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Oseni, talked about the need for improvement in healthcare infrastructure in government owned facilities and continuous training of medical personnel, adding that the association is desirous of a direct relationship with the state. He appealed against the politicisation of ethical side of the medical profession.
He further appealed to the APC candidate to crackdown on quackery in the state and give adequate attention to health insurance scheme when he becomes governor.
In her contribution, President of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Dr. Omowunmi Bakare, advised Mr. Sanwo-Olu to take the issues of women and children’s health more seriously when elected. Mr Sanwo-Olu gave his word.
Other associations in the delegation include the Medical Guild and Association of General Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria.