The two major aspirants to the Lagos sate governorship seat, Jimi Agbaje (PDP) and Babajide sanwo olu(APC), had before earlier paid a courtesy to Lagos Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria PSN Lagos branch to brief them on their plans for the state, especially as regards health and medicine use.
Also, the Lagos State branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is organising a debate for governorship candidates, aimed at looking into burning issues affecting healthcare delivery in the state.
Briefing reporters on the gubernatorial debate/leadership retreat slated for January 30, Oseni disclosed that seven candidates have already indicated interest in the event.
Interested candidates, he said, included candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Action Democratic Party (ADP), Babatunde Gbadamosi; National Conscience Party (NCP), Funso Awe; Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Francis Adebayo; United Democratic Party (UDP), Dr Sam Anyamele: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, and Alliance for Democracy (AD), Owolabi Salis.
According to the medical doctors, it is necessary to critically look into some issues bordering on accessibility, availability, quality and affordability of healthcare in the state. It is believed that the forthcoming gubernatorial election in provides a platform to set agenda for the incoming governor, especially now that the state has enacted a mandatory health insurance scheme.
“The citizens have been forced by law to co-fund health provision in the state. Therefore, it has become important to create a platform for the gubernatorial candidates to unveil their plans for health and welfare of the people. This informed the efforts of the association as the custodian of our people’s health to bring the candidates to task in a governorship debate,” Oseni explained.