Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has reiterated the House’s resolve to increase health sector allocation.
Gbajabiamila, who gave the assurance at a two-day training organised for health workers by his office in Lagos State, said that the decision was aimed at improving the well-being of Nigerians.
The Speaker, who paid glowing tributes to all health workers nationwide for the way they have handled COVID-19 situation so far, said he believed they deserve more attention in terms of training and capacity-building.
“Our medical professionals have shown exemplary courage and commitment. Their efforts have renewed our faith in the human spirit and shown us that we are capable of extraordinary greatness, courage beyond measure and goodness beyond what we imagine in ordinary times.
“This moment also requires that government at all levels should continue to support the training, welfare and well-being of medical professionals who are at the forefront of this existential battle. We owe them that much, and so much more,” he said.
Gbajabiamila added that the House had committed to increasing the budget due to the health sector so that we can remedy the weaknesses of infrastructure and capacity, access and quality that bedevil our national healthcare system.
He expressed delight at the discovery of a vaccine that would bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end, cautioning, however, that we must continue to act in the knowledge that we are still far from the time when that vaccine will be perfect and readily available to all the people of the world.
Sanwo-Olu, who acknowledged the fact that the Speaker was doing both Lagos and Nigeria proud, said the training would deepen the efforts of the state government in ensuring that healthcare is accessible and affordable to the people of the state.
On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Tanko Sununu, said that Nigerians were appreciative of the proactive measures taken by Lagos State governor towards containing the coronavirus since its outbreak in Nigeria, as well as his continuous surveillance and interventions.
Also, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, lauded the Speaker for organising the training, which he said, would go a long way in achieving its objectives of improving the capacity of the health workers.
“This training represents the quest and desire for improvement, growth and development in the health sector. Any system that has no interest in training programmes for the personnel or fails to give training the importance it deserves has inevitably planned to fail or fizzle out completely.
“In order to keep pace with quality delivery of services, there must be deliberate and committed efforts to ensure that continuous training and capacity-building remain at the centre of the institution’s mandate,” he said.