The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, announced that his government would embark on health palliatives to improve the well-being of the citizens.
He said the subsidies on health care services and products are to cushion the economic challenges facing the citizens, particularly the rural communities.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday at the 2023 Community Day Celebration, organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, with the theme: ‘Community Engagement: A Veritable Tool for Infrastructure Development on Rural Communities’, held at the Police College ground in Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu explained that his administration is aware of the growing cost of pharmaceutical products in the country and will provide subvention to citizens on medical products as it was done in the transportation sector as well as food distribution.
“We are not going to leave you in various communities, we will continue to provide amenities for all of you in rural areas. We are not going to stay at the Ikoyi and Island axes. We are going to reach out to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
“Today, we are here to appreciate you and thank you for your efforts aimed at developing the grassroots. As you know, we have slashed the transport fare. We have provided palliatives of foodstuff. We are going to do more. But the cost of drugs is also rising. As a responsive and responsible government, we will also provide palliatives on medicines,” he promised.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Agbaje, appreciated local council development areas in the state for their support through self-help projects, which, he said, has complemented government efforts at delivering dividends of democracy to the state.