In Lagos Lawmaker committed to child, maternal mortality reduction,

Olulade, however, urged primary and secondary healthcare providers in the state to show more care for patients.

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Mr Segun Olulade, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, says the state government will spare no effort in paring down child and maternal mortality rate in the state this year.

Olulade (APC-Epe II) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that the legislative arm would give the executive the necessary support to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

``We will look at the issue of children and see how to reduce infant mortality in the state.

``In the same vein, maternal mortality is worrisome and legislative support will be provided to check the rate,’’ he said.

Olulade, ex-Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security in the 7th Assembly, said with the right policy and legislation infant and maternal mortality would be a thing of the past.

He promised that the Akinwumi Ambode administration would give the health sector a new lease of life in the current year.

Olulade, however, urged primary and secondary healthcare providers in the state to show more care for patients.

``Complaints about the negative attitude of some health workers have necessitated the call for attitudinal change among them.’’

According to the lawmaker, the way some health workers treat patients who go to hospitals and health centres is unprofessional.

He warned:"Those who are not serious, those who have no business in the health sector will be shown the way out.

``Healthcare is not what we can joke or toy; it is a collective responsibility and therefore, all hands must be on deck to ensure improved service delivery.

``We will ensure greater efficiency in our healthcare system.

``We are aware of the nonchalant attitude of some doctors and nurses in the state and the government will not tolerate that again.’’

``We are creating a zero tolerance for inefficiency in the sector…it will not be business as usual in the sector.’’

Olulade lauded the governor for his resolve and commitment in providing standard health facilities in the state.

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