For the outstanding performance on combating the COVID-19, the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) has bestowed the Lagos State Government with the Most Responsive COVID-19 State Government of the Year Award.
In an event that was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Friday, June 25th, the Lagos State Government emerged as the Most Responsive COVID-19 State Government of the year while Prof. Akin Abayomi was celebrated as the Most Outstanding COVID-19 State Health Commissioner of the Year.
The Lagos State Health Commissioner, who was on hand to receive both awards on behalf of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the event themed “Celebrating Our Healthcare Heroes”, dedicated it to all health and frontline workers for their roles and sacrifices in the COVID response efforts.
Abayomi also expressed that the governor would have been around but the day coincided with his birthday, enjoining everyone to celebrate the governor by wishing him a happy birthday.
According to the Commissioner, Lagos State Government has a policy of not receiving any award for COVID-19 response because efforts aimed at preventing and managing the global pandemic are still ongoing. He, however, noted that the State government will receive the award to acknowledge the bravery of all frontline workers, and more importantly that it is coming from his professional colleagues.
He said, “During the battle against COVID, we lost 14 health professionals; 12 doctors and two nurses. This is just to remind us that there are still people dying around the world from COVID.
“We want to say that we really appreciate all the work that has been done by the frontline workers and sacrifices that have been made during COVID-19; some doctors and nurses and professionals didn’t see their families for weeks, they were constantly on call working day and night trying to save lives. And to all the healthcare heroes, all of you, these awards are for you, these awards are yours”, Abayomi stated.
Prof Abayomi expresses that the Lagos State Government is not resting in the fight against COVID, stressing that strategies have been put in place and are being implemented to prevent a third wave of the disease in Lagos and Nigeria.
Speaking before the presentation of the awards to the State Government and the Commissioner, the Chairman Advisory Board of NHEA, Dr. Anthony Omolola commended the Lagos State government and the Ministry of Health on how they responded to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“We are very proud of how Lagos State Government and Ministry of Health responded to the outbreak of COVID-19”, he said.
Dr. Omolola explained that the NHEA is an annual event that celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.
At the event, three healthcare professionals who had distinguished themselves in various fields were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awardees are Gen. Aderonke Kale (rtd), a medical doctor and a consultant psychiatrist, who is a pioneer female military personnel and the first female commandant of the Nigeria Army Medical Corps; Dr John Nwaiwu, a respected Pharmacist and one time Deputy Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service and Prof. John Idoko, a former Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.
Other recipients of awards include: Prof. Dilly DC Anumba (Special Diaspora Healthcare Excellence Award of the Year), CACOVID ( Most Supportive COVID-19 CSR Health Project of the Year), Synlab ( Most Outstanding COVID-19 Support Private Laboratory Company of the Year), Lagoon Hospital (Most Healthcare Provider of the Year), National Reference Laboratory, Abuja ( Most Outstanding COVID-19 Public Private Laboratory Company of the Year), Sterling Bank ( Most Outstanding Healthcare Financial Institution of the Year), Ebute-Metta Health Centre (Safecare Public Facility of the Year), Eye Foundation Hospital (Eye Care Service Provider of the Year), Smile360 Dental Specialists (Dental Service Provider of the Year), Alpha Pharmacy And Stores Ltd ( Pharmaceuticals Retail Outlet of the Year), Vanguard Pharmacy Ltd ( Most Improved Pharmaceuticals Retail Outlet of the Year), amongst others.