Wife of Lagos State governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has impressed on Nigerians from all walks of life the need to support initiatives geared towards achieving sustainable healthcare delivery in the state.
The First Lady spoke at the official unveiling of volunteers for the Mental Health Awareness, De-stigmatisation and Enlightenment (MHADE) in Lagos, the brainchild of Orunsii Wellcare Foundation in conjunction with Office of the First Lady.
According to her, there is need for the strengthening of the health system across all levels as this has huge implications for the socio-economic growth and development of any society.
While lauding the organisers for their thoughtfulness, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu however called for the cooperation of everybody to ensure the ultimate objective of sustainable health is achieved. Giving useful nuggets on achieving optimum mental health, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, a surgeon herself said regular exercises, balanced nutrition, enough sleep are of necessity.
Echoing similar sentiments, Dr. Rasheed Kolade, Director of the Lagos Civil Service Staff Clinic who represented the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi and the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, said that a scary report by the World Health Oganisation revealed that psychiatric disease will be the second most common ailment in the world by 2030, hence the need for collaboration between the government, the organised private sector as well as faith-based organisations to help accelerate growth in the health sector.
In her welcome address, Dr. Ena Onikoyi expressed confidence that the pioneer efforts of the Foundation would serve as a model for other states across the country.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Foundation, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabanwo, said the initiative is aimed at improvement of mental health of the citizenry.
“There is acute need to identify the mental health status of the people and device a timeous intervention programme to address such, “he said.
While lauding the organisers, Special Adviser Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Mrs. Solape Hammond emphasised that the State government commitment to a “Greater Lagos” encapsulated in T-H-E-M-E-S its six pillars of development has already paved the way for the Foundation’s overarching objectives.
“Healthcare is one of the critical areas this administration is paying a lot of attention because of the rising incidence of domestic violence, rise in substance abuse and depression.” In her presentation, Dr. Yinka Jibuno who spoke on ‘mental health as a global pandemic’ emphasised the need for prioritising healthcare.
Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. (Mrs.) Atinuke Onayiga said the state government has an inclusive mental healthcare programme and hopes to set more centres across the state.
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