A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuff has urged local governments in Nigeria to focus on Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).
The lawmaker, representing Alimosho Constituency 1 in the Assembly, stated that this would ease the healthcare challenges in the country and assist the people in the grassroots.
Speaking to journalists on the last day of his annual free healthcare programme to his constituents and others on Monday, the lawmaker stressed that this was what he did as a local government chairman some years back.
“We have three levels of government; federal, state and local. Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) belong to the local governments.
“They should focus on this seriously. As a local government chairman, I established many Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and today three of them have turned to semi-general hospitals.
“This is what we are talking about. They should spend part of their resources on this,” he said.
Yusuff added that so far they had done over 300 operations and that they targetted about 500 with 25 doctors on ground.
“All praises and adoration goes to God Almighty. I was marvelled over the success of this year’s edition.
“People came in multitude from far and near, which shows that we have a long way to go in healthcare in Nigeria.
“We are equal whether we are from Sokoto or Zamfara or anywhere, that is why I have not discriminated against any ethnic group.
“I give the doctors credit for what they have done for me. About three people came with hunch back that were as big as calabash and they were removed. One of them had his own for over 35 years. It was a perfect job,” he said.
He added that the programme was duplicated in Alimosho Local Government area and in the other four Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the area; Agbado Oke Odo, Mosan Okunola, Egbe Idimu and, Igando Ikotun.
The lawmaker said further that they had done more than 30,000 check up, and challenged health professionals to find cure for some diseases that are rampant lately.
“I have said it that we should know the root cause of disease like hernia, keloid, and others.
“We must have research centres to know the root of these diseases. I challenge the professors of medicine and medical experts to look into this.
“I am doing the little ones I can do now and if I can do over 500 operations for people you don’t expect me to do this everyday.
“That is an honest opinion. My philosophy is to remove pains from people during my birthday since I have good health.
“We are thinking of coming up with a motion on healthcare on the floor of the Assembly very soon,” he said.
The healthcare programme started on Thursday 26th September 26, the birthday of the lawmaker and it held for five days as it is done annually.
The project took off at Ipaja Youth Centre ( Fela Field) Falola Street Ipaja, opposite APC Secretariat Ayobo- Ipaja LCDA, where the surgeries were performed.