Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has promised to support massive investment in modern medical equipment to meet health challenges of residents of the state.
Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, made the promise at the inauguration of Clinix Healthcare, an ultramodern diagnostic center in Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Lagos.
He said that the private sector participation in healthcare delivery had complimented the efforts of government and yielded tremendous dividends through qualitative healthcare.
“We are delighted that private sector partnership has yielded yet another state- of- the art health facility, with the opening of this ultramodern diagnostic center.
“Medical diagnosis is the bedrock of effective treatment. With more facilities like this, we can achieve accurate and quick diagnosis of ailments and proffer immediate treatment.
“As a government one of our objectives is to curb the incessant travels abroad for diagnosis treatment, through our medical park projects, that will make Lagos State a destination for medical tourism,” the Governor said.
Ambode urged residents to take their health seriously, by going for regular checks for prompt detection of ailments and treatment.
Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, urged the centre not to compromise the quality of services, while also stating that health diagnosis was key to detecting ailments and treatment to secure the health of the people and reduce mortality.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the diagnostic center, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo said that the desire of the center was to provide world class healthcare service and reduce medical tourism.
“Our goal is to provide quality health care for our people, save lives and help stem the waste of resources through medical tourism,” he said.
The Executive Secretary of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Deaconess Modupe Ajibola- Ojodu during a media chat noted that Nigerians deserved qualitative health care delivery.
“All over the world, most of the medical professionals are Nigerians; it pains me when I see Nigerians going for medical tourism abroad. We can get the best here, and this is what this center has provided.
“Frankly speaking, Clinix Healthcare has taken health care delivery to the next level,” Ojodu said.
She also called on spirited individuals to join hands with the government to provide the needful in the health sector.