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Sanwo-Olu Pledges To Ensure Affordability And Accessibility of Healthcare

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reaffirmed his administration’s unwavering dedication to the healthcare sector, ensuring that quality healthcare services remain accessible and affordable for the state’s residents. The governor made this commitment during a courtesy visit from Dr. Tunji Alausa, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, at the Lagos House in Marina.
Governor Sanwo-Olu extended his congratulations to Dr. Alausa on his ministerial appointment by President Bola Tinubu, expressing confidence in the minister’s capacity to excel in his role. He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between state governments, other ministers, and the Federal Government to enhance the quality of healthcare services across the nation.
In the governor’s words, “Our conversation with you has confirmed our preparedness and our level of collaboration with the Federal Government. We want to assure you that we are willing to collaborate in areas where your expertise can complement all of the things that we are doing so that at the end of it, our people who are the reason why we are in government can feel the benefit of all the interventions that we do. We want to assure you (Dr. Alausa) that Lagos State is more than ready and prepared to come up with various steps that will ensure that health is not only accessible but also affordable.”
Dr. Alausa conveyed the Federal Government’s readiness to support the Lagos State Government and other sub-national entities in their efforts to provide accessible and affordable healthcare services to residents. He specifically encouraged the state government to enhance its State Universal Health Insurance policies.
Dr. Alausa’s visit to the governor aimed to position Lagos as a model for other states nationwide, emphasizing the provision of improved healthcare in alignment with the Renewed Hope agenda of the Tinubu-led administration.
The minister urged Nigerians, particularly females aged nine to 14 years, to take the Human Papillomavirus vaccine, launched on Tuesday. He underscored the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, highlighting its potential to reduce cervical cancer risk by 95 percent.
Dr. Alausa, accompanied by officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and aides, initiated his nationwide working visits with Lagos as his first stop.


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