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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has won the Governor of the Year Health Tech award at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) 2022 held this weekend at the Eko Hotel and Suites, on the island of Lagos.

The award was in recognition of the Lagos State Government’s outstanding application of technology to address health issues and improve the quality of life of citizens.

Speaking after receiving the award, Sanwo-Olu said his administration is poised to maximize the use of technology to build an efficient healthcare delivery system that delivers quality healthcare services. , affordable and accessible to citizens.

The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, explained how the state government has leveraged technology in its response to COVID, noting that the importance of technology in service delivery health is immeasurable.

While thanking the award organizers for recognizing his administration’s efforts to create a comprehensive healthcare system that leverages technology to improve residents’ quality of life, Sanwo-Olu noted that the effective use of technology by the state government to achieve good health outcomes was made possible through handshakes with the private sector in line with his administration’s public-private partnership strategy.

He explained that despite the plethora of challenges facing the health sector, public and private sector providers and industry players are still finding innovative ways at every moment to meet challenges and overcome shocks and crises. public health problems that the country continues to face.

In his words: “We do it for a reason, we do it because we are Nigerians and we love Nigeria, and we do it because we are the custodians of good health and wellbeing and it is our responsibility to keep our patients healthy. well.

“I think it’s important to recognize achievements in the health sector; and as the person tasked with charting the future of healthcare space in Lagos State, I must say that I am proud of the contributions and support that the private sector is giving us.

“Throughout COVID, the Lagos State government has relied heavily on private sector resources, intellect and services. I hope private sector providers will continue to respond kindly and quickly to the government’s call whenever the need arises”.

Sanwo-Olu congratulated the other winners and thanked them for their contribution to the practice of healthcare in Lagos and Nigeria, adding that their leaps and bounds continue to inspire not only the current generation but also future generations.

“We know what sleepless nights you are going through, the effort, care and sacrifice you devote to all levels and areas of health service delivery to pave the way for the good health and well-being of citizens by providing ideas and opportunities to the next generation,” the governor said.

Earlier, NHEA Advisory Board Chairman Dr Anthony Omolola said the Special Recognition Award for Health Technology Governor of the Year was recognition of the unique way in which the government of Lagos State under the administration of Governor Sanwo-Olu has leveraged the use of technology to improve delivery and increase access to quality, affordable and effective health services for the people.

According to him, Lagos is the first state to develop an eHealth strategy in Nigeria and the first public sector organization in Nigeria to be compliant with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

“The state government has been at the forefront of promoting and developing data governance programs in the healthcare sector and creating an enabling environment for the growth of private companies in the healthcare sector. health technology, attracting a lot of post-pandemic investment in the health technology space,” Omolola says.

He listed other outstanding health technology applications that won the Governor the award, including the “Eko Telemed” service; automation of secondary and tertiary health facilities in the state; promoting and developing the Lagos Smart Health Information Platform (LASHIP) and establishing an incident command system before the COVID outbreak in Nigeria.

The President explained that the NHEA is an annual event which celebrates eminent personalities and organizations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector, adding that the award, which began in 2014, has grown into a high-profile event. scale in the healthcare industry, gaining widespread acceptance from stakeholders in the healthcare community, public and private sectors.

“The recognition from NHEA is intended to drive quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector, which will improve service delivery and management of major health issues and the capacity of individuals to influence and set new standards of performance in Nigeria and beyond,” Omolola said.

Meanwhile, Agbowa General Hospital also received an award for the most active facility on the Safecare quality platform during the award ceremony.

The NHEA is an initiative of the Global Health Project and Resources in partnership with the Anadach Group.

Were present at the event; representative of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; the Director General of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa; senior government officials, stakeholders in the health sector in Nigeria, and representatives of financial institutions and partner organizations.