“It is a vicious cycle, if you don’t patronize the PHCs and let government know the deficiencies, government will not be able to address them. If everybody wants to go to the secondary facility and we relegate the PHCs, government will not know where the gaps and deficiencies are, and then you are going to overburden the secondary and tertiary facilities. The doctors will be overwhelmed and the patients will complain that they did not give us enough time. We want to appeal to the residents of Lagos State, please patronize the PHCs” The Director of Pharmaceutical Services of Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. MoyosoreAdejumo has pleaded.
Speaking with journalists at the Lagos State PSN’s Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists (AHAPN) day, Adejumo pleaded with all residents of Lagos to shelve the traditional “I must get to a General Hospital” thinking and patronize primary healthcare centers spread across the state.
“Healthcare begins at the primary healthcare level. Each state has a primary healthcare board headed by a Permanent Secretary. It’s not just a committee, a real board that is in charge of the primary healthcare facilities and renovation of other facilities ongoing. Not just renovation because we can have the building and not have the human resources. The formal Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Ambode before he left approved the recruitment and employment of 1000 health professionals, pharmacists, doctors, nurses across all the primary healthcare centers. We will continue to rehabilitate and resuscitate because we do not want patients going too far away from their home for minor ailments such as malaria, cough.” she said
She advised residents to report any deficiency observed in any PHC to the local government so as to alert the government to the situation and engender desired change.
Speaking further, Adejumo bemoaned the spate of drug abuse and misuse amongst youth in the country. She reiterated that drug abuse is not restricted to the abuse of drug but also the abuse of alcohol, substances, caffeine, and cigarettes, as well as the act of sniffing Methane Gas (the gas coming out of pit latrine) and soaking sweet in some drinks for a protracted period of time.
“Drug abuse is a multifaceted problem which needs a multifaceted approach. First and foremost, knowledge is power. We need to create that awareness amongst the youth. At the level of Lagos State Government, we have a Drug Abuse Control Committee made up of seven ministries whose responsibility and mandate it is, to create awareness about the dangers in drug and substance abuse.
At the federal level, we have the Presidential Advisory Committee against Drug Abuse (PACEDA) and we have think-tanks at the level of the national assembly. The whole country is aware. MTN Foundation and many other stakeholders are aware. You cannot solve it in one day.”