In a move to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on its residents, the Lagos State Government has introduced a series of relief measures, including the provision of free antenatal care and child delivery services for pregnant women. This initiative aims to mitigate the financial burden on expectant mothers while enhancing access to quality healthcare.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the measure in July, directing General Hospitals and Primary Health Centers (PHCs) across the state to offer complimentary antenatal care and child delivery services, encompassing both normal and Cesarean sections.
Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, highlighted that this step is instrumental in improving maternal and child health indicators within the state. During a recent compliance monitoring visit to hospitals, including Ifako-Ijaiye and Isolo General Hospitals, Ogboye expressed satisfaction with the level of adherence to the governor’s directive.
Governor Sanwo-Olu’s foresight in recognizing the potential financial strain posed by fuel subsidy removal on expectant parents is evident in this timely intervention. The provision of free antenatal care, registration, ANC clinics, and child delivery services showcases the state government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its citizens during challenging times.
Dr. Bamidele Mustapha, the Medical Director of Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, confirmed the implementation of the free health interventions. The hospital has successfully provided over 30 individuals with antenatal and child delivery services at no cost.
Beneficiaries of the free child delivery services, Mrs. Oluwademilade Mustapha and Mrs. Eniola Samuel, praised the Lagos State Government’s initiative. Mrs. Mustapha, who underwent a Caesarean section, and Mrs. Samuel, who delivered a baby boy at Isolo General Hospital, lauded the government’s commitment to providing essential medical care without financial burden.
The initiative aligns with the Lagos State Government’s drive towards Universal Health Coverage, exemplifying its proactive approach to addressing citizens’ needs and ensuring their well-being during challenging times. The provision of free healthcare services underscores the government’s responsibility and dedication to easing the impact of fuel subsidy removal on its residents.