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Governor Sanwo-Olu announces health palliatives to subsidise drug costs for Lagos residents

Lagos State Government Aims to Alleviate Economic Strain on Citizens Amid Rising Pharmaceutical Prices

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In a bid to ease the financial burden on Lagos residents facing the impact of soaring drug prices, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled plans to provide health palliatives by subsidizing medications. The announcement was made during the annual Community Day celebration themed “Community Engagement, a veritable tool for infrastructural development in rural communities,” held at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed awareness of the economic challenges leading to increased pharmaceutical costs and assured citizens of the state government’s intervention. Drawing parallels with previous initiatives in the transportation and food sectors, he stated, “We are not going to leave you in various communities; we will continue to provide amenities for all of you in the rural areas. We are going to reach out to all the nooks and crannies of the state.”

Acknowledging the rising cost of drugs, the governor emphasized the government’s commitment to being responsive and responsible by extending palliatives to medicines. He affirmed, “As a responsive and responsible government, we will also provide palliatives on medicines.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed gratitude to Community Development Associations (CDAs) for their support in the past elections and pledged more projects at the grassroots level. He highlighted the establishment of the Office of Rural Development, designed to address the needs of Lagos residents in suburban and rural areas efficiently.

Dr. Nurudeen Agbaje, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development, praised CDAs for their collaborative efforts and self-help projects that complement the government’s initiatives. Alhaji Azeez Amusat, Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Council, urged the review of the state’s CDA constitution and appealed for the construction of a Community House as the state secretariat for all CDA activities.

During the event, recognition was given to outstanding CDAs, with four 18-seater buses presented to the top three and the best Rural Community Award bestowed upon Araromi CDA in Ibeji Lekki LCDA. Additionally, consolation prizes of N500,000 each were awarded to the fifth to tenth CDAs in appreciation of their community development efforts.

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