The Lagos State Ministry of Health has held a three-day retreat for management staff at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja, just as it identified the need for building a resilient healthcare system through creative innovation, so as to remain in tune with best global practices in the health sector across the State.

In his address to participants, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, emphasised that health workers must acquire necessary innovative ideas geared towards an effective healthcare delivery system in order to achieve Universal Health coverage.

He stated that it is essential for management staff to get themselves prepared for the challenges in the health sector by proffering radical solutions to medical problems, adding that leaders should focus on strategy and transformation as the world is becoming more innovative.

Prof. Abayomi noted that Lagos is striving to attain the model of a global world economy so that it can be a point of reference globally, saying “We need to position ourselves to get prepared for the numerous challenges in the health sector and also to be competitive; we need to move away from leadership to one of strategy and transformation. We need to attain a global world economy so that we can find a solution that works in Lagos that other people can adopt”.

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Abayomi stated further that the theme of the programme “Strategic Planning and Transformation of the Health Sector in Lagos State” indicates the present administration’s commitment to developing, collaborating and executing health-related strategies centred on quality healthcare across the State.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye stated that the retreat aims at preparing health workers to achieve objectives of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, anticipating that the deliberations will go a long way in creating additional blueprints to the strategies that are in place.

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“You will agree that for any endeavour, having a good strategy is most important. The world is changing and we need to be creative in bringing about innovations so as to remain relevant in delivering healthcare services in line with best practices”, he said.

The Permanent Secretary, however, urged all participants to change the narrative in healthcare delivery by applying what they have learned from the retreat in the discharge of their duties, while contributing their quota towards advancing the health sector.

“We have organised this retreat to move our workforce forward by discussing strategies and innovative ideas to improve the quality of services we deliver to Lagosians. I, therefore, urge you all to apply all you have learned in the discharge of your day to day activities. The present administration will also not relent in ensuring best practices in health service delivery in the State”, he said.

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