Mr. Segun Olulade represents Epe Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly. He is the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health in which capacity he fielded these questions from Temitayo Peters
As the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, what are you doing to attract the attention of the state government to the deplorable situation in our public hospitals?
You would recall that the first statement I issued as the Chairman of the Health Committee had to do with efficiency in our health centres and our hospitals. Now, it would not be business as usual in the sector. We thank God for the Governor of Lagos State and the state government for this new budget because it would provide us infrastructure that would enhance health services in Lagos State. There is the health insurance scheme, where we will have some sorts of funds to enhance infrastructure and healthcare services. Healthcare is what we cannot joke about, it is our collective responsibility and all hands must be on deck. The Governor is committed to this, members of the state executive council and the LSHA are committed to this. We would ensure that there is efficiency in our health system. We are aware of the nonchalant attitude of some doctors and nurses in the state; we will not tolerate that again. We are creating a zero tolerance for inefficiency in our health sector. We will ensure that everyone that lives in Lagos or has anything to do with the state has a qualitative healthcare. This is our vision and we will see it materialising. If you go to any of our hospitals and you see inefficiency and anti-people behaviour by any health worker, don’t hesitate to let me know about it so that we can take actions. We have called the state Commissioner for Health, we have listened to the NGO that led the protest and we are calling on other stakeholders to assist us, we are working in the issues raised in the protest. January 2016 would be devoted to things like this because we would be busy with the budget this December. We will soon pass the budget and make it a New Year gift for the people of the state. We will perform our oversight functions, visit all the health centres and hospitals in Lagos State. We want to have a turn-around in the sector and efficiency that is not common in this part of the world.
What areas are you focusing on as the Chairman of the Health Committee?
I want my name to be written in gold, when healthcare sector is being mentioned in Lagos State and in Nigeria. The former Director of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Control (NAFDAC), the late Professor Dora Akunyili became popular based on her activities on drug control. I would look at the issue of children so as to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. I would look at the services being rendered by our health workers. I want them to show care. I would look at the control of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer and others. These are what lead to deaths of people every day and we would all work together to reduce or eliminate this.
What is your relationship with the state Commissioner for Health?
We will have a family in the healthcare sector in the state, we will relate with one another on the issue of health in the state. Our personal interest would not affect the issue of healthcare in the state.