By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Ahead of next month’s governorship election in Lagos State, the wife of All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that if her husband is elected, accident victims and others rush into emergency wards at any public hospital would enjoy free medical treatment within first 24 hours of their presence within the facility.
She noted that ability to pay hospital bills must not be requirement before any patient that required urgent treatment should meet before getting medical care.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Monday when she and the deputy governorship candidate’s wife, Remi Hamzat, accepted over 300 groups endorsement for their husbands at Independent Campaign Group (ICG) headquarters in Ikeja.
“We value live and that is why we have concluded plans to add to the already existing free medical care in public healthcare facilities, which is, 24 hours free medical care within the first day when an emergency patient is rushed into the facility.”
To achieve this, the wife of the APC gubernatorial candidate, who was also a medical doctor, added that more healthcare facilities would be constructed to reduce stress residents encounter before accessing public medical service.
Sanwo-Olu lamented that of the 377 Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), only 301 functions effectively n the state, saying, this will be tackled.
According to her, there are only 26 General Hospital including the accident and emergency center at the Toll-gate end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway. This is not enough. Efforts would be made to increase the number to 57, that is, one in each Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The medical doctor argued that the essence of the PHCs was to treat minor ailments while the general hospitals attend to major sickness, noting, this helps to reduce workload on general hospitals across the state.
She explained that this was part of her husband’s policy initiative designed with his deputy, tagged THEME, which was aimed at addressing challenges in the state.
It would be recalled that the policy initiative, T-(Traffic Management and Transportation), H-(Health and Environment ), E-(Education and Technology), M-(Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy) and E-(Entertainment and Tourism), was launched by the candidates to explain their plans for the state.
She explained that the policy initiative was arrived at after much investigation and consultation by her husband and his deputy governorship candidate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, on what were current problems facing the state.
Explaining another aspect of the policy, Transportation, Sanwo-Olu, assured that strategies would be introduced to provide better parking lot for tankers that have converted bridges and major highways to parks which has further increased travel time in Lagos.
The medical doctor added that other major gridlocks have been examined and solutions were already discovered to ensure immediately they assume office, those solutions could be implemented.
Also addressing congregation on the policy on waste, Hamzat’s wife, Remi, stressed that strategies have also been discovered on how best to ensure roads across the state remain cleaner.
“Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat will ensure that the waste disappear on Lagos roads. They will ensure that residents gets benefits for sorting of waste in their homes,” she added.
On education, Remi stated that skill acquisition would be encouraged massively to reduce level of unemployment in the state.
She noted that artisans would be sensitize on the need to teach secondary school students those skills which can serve as alternative source of income for them after completing their education.
The wife of the deputy governorship candidate noted that policies would be made to ensure certificate issued by artisans could be presented anywhere.