Medical Administration Training​ & Programmes


Continuing Medical Education is a mandatory training program for healthcare workers in the state. These trainings facilitated by DMAT started in 1999.They are meant to update healthcare workers with the new concept of management of various medical conditions and improving technical knowledge of healthcare workers in the State. It is expected that the program will enhance productivity, improve quality of service and create job satisfaction for all cadres of healthcare workers in the public sector and interested private providers.



  1. To change the attitude of the health workers to new development, updating knowledge and practices at regular intervals.
  2. To create an enabling environment for academic and in-service training.
  3. To encourage regular review of clinical practice which require change and improvement to provide qualitative healthcare services.
  4. To provide job satisfaction and create a dynamic environment for healthcare workers to perform their function.


  • Participants are nominated from the various health facilities of the state.
  • Participants are chosen from each cadre in the health sector (clinical and the non-clinical) depending on the CME topics.


  1. Attitudinal change at workplace.
  2. Improvement in clinical acumen among clinicians.
  3. improvement in service delivery in the state health facilities,


  1. To facilitate financial and medical access to healthcare services (Local and Overseas) for public servants and the vulnerable groups, including reimbursement to public servants on incurred medical bills as well as reimbursement of funds spent by hospitals during emergencies.
  2. To provide state-wide access to health workforce training & capacity building.
  3. To organize, plan and implement state and unit Continuous Medical Education (CME) for healthcare workers.
  4. To reduce the prevalence of avoidable blindness in all communities in Lagos State through early detection and management of avoidable blinding conditions.
  5. To conduct free eye screening, management (provision of glasses & eye drugs) and referrals for civil servants at the Folarin Coker Staff clinic.
  6. To create, coordinate and implement Specialized Community-based Medical and Surgical Outreach activities (Blindness Prevention Program).
  7. To conduct free School Eye Screenings for students in state primary and secondary schools.
  8. To conduct training for secondary school teachers and provide vision screening board to all the state public secondary schools.
  9. Improve access to eye care services and delivery of quality eye care services in Lagos State
  10. To ensure implementation of First Lady’s Healthcare programs e.g. First Baby of the year  program, medical screenings during COWLSO




The Free Health scheme policy was introduced by the State Government in 2011 in its continuous determination and commitment to ensure sustainable Free Healthcare Services aimed at producing a virile workforce and healthy citizenry. It is an all-embracing and non-discriminating health care policy introduced by the State Government to provide free medical services for public servants and the less privilege in Lagos State. The free health services are provided to the following eligible individuals in the State.

  • Children ages 0-6years
  • The elderly ages 60 years and above
  • State Public servants, their spouses and 4 dependents of ages 18 years and below
  • Destitute, people living with disability and other less privileged in the State


The goal of this programme is to render qualitative health care services to the citizenry, especially the vulnerable, and under privileged. To reduce mortality and morbidity rates in the State as well as ensuring free accessibility to healthcare services for all the people in the State regardless of their socio-economic status.


  • To provide medical and financial assistance to the vulnerable groups in the State (0-6years, over 60years, people with disability).
  • To make accessible free health services for civil servant and their dependents at the State Health Facilities.
  • To refund the medical bill incurred by civil servants in the State.
  • To provide overseas medical treatment to civil servants.


Process of application for financial/medical assistance

  • A request is addressed to the Honourable Commissioner or Permanent Secretary (Health) for medical and or financial assistance along with relevant supportive documents: a medical report and cost estimate of the medical treatment.
  • This request is in turn reviewed and forwarded to the Honourable Commissioner and approving authority for further processing.
  • However,there are instances when the applicant would be referred to the State Medical Board for recommendations.

Process of Application for Staff medical assistance& reimbursement

  • An individual is to present application for medical assistance or reimbursement through the heads of respective MDA addressed to the Honourable Commissioner or Permanent Secretary(Health)
  • Application should be accompanied by photocopy of staff identity card with copies of relevant documents including evidence of payment and original receipts.
  • Kindly note that reimbursement is for civil servants ONLY.





The Lagos State Blindness Prevention Program was initiated with the aim of reducing the prevalence of blindness in the state with the goal is to eliminate avoidable blindness such as cataract, refractive error, glaucoma, childhood blindness etc. from all communities in Lagos State.


To reduce the prevalence of blindness in Lagos State from 2.8%, in those aged 40years and above (Nigeria National Blindness Survey) to 0.5%.


The specific objective is to reduce the prevalence of common causes of blindness and visual impairment in the State i.e., Cataract, Glaucoma Refractive Error and Childhood blindness. This will be achieved through its Blindness Prevention Unit using the Vision 2020 strategy.

The programme has two components.

  • Outreach Programs and

Eye health system development.




  • Community outreaches which commenced from 2000 till date.
  • School Screening commenced in 2006 and was scaled up in 2012 to include training of 2 teachers in all the State Primary Schools and equipping of the schools with vision screening kits and vision corridor. The aim of the training is to equip the teachers with the basic skills required to conduct eye screening for the pupils for early detection of pupils with visual impairment.
  • Mini Mission which commenced in 2008 and ended in 2010.
  • Free Eye Screening-provision of eye glasses and medication when necessary.
  • Free Surgical Intervention.
  • Secondary School eye health Programme commenced in the Y2021 with the training of teachers in the public junior secondary schools in Lagos State.



  1. Integration of Primary Eye Care into Primary Health Care Services in Lagos State

A total of 177 Primary Health Centers have Primary Eye Care Units. These Primary Health Care Units manned by trained Primary Eye Care workers are equipped to offer primary eye care services.

The services offered are: -Vision screening on continuous basis, early detection of blinding eye conditions, eye health education and treatment of common eye conditions such as conjunctivitis.

Prompt referral of more difficult cases and those requiring surgery to designated Secondary Eye Units.

  1. Standardization/Equipping of Secondary Eye Units

The aim is to provide secondary eye care services for 1 million to 1.5 million people through each of the State Secondary Eye units. These Secondary Eye centres offer medical and surgical services for common eye conditions e.g., cataract, glaucoma, pterygium and ocular injuries.  All of the units are manned by trained personnel.

They include: General Hospital Lagos, Epe, Gbagada, Ikorodu, Orile Agege, Isolo, Ajeromi, Alimosho, Ifako-ijaiye, Badagry and Ijede.

At the tertiary level, government has developed Lagos, State University Teaching Hospital Eye Institute equipped with ultramodern ophthalmic equipment to meet the increasing demand for eye care delivery in the state.  In addition, there is a Corneal Eye Bank within the Institute in collaboration with the Nigerian Society for the Blind and Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria.

  1. School Eye Screening

The School Eye Health Program commenced in 2006 with aim of reducing the burden of childhood blindness as a cause of avoidable blindness in Lagos State. After the initial screening of selected Primary Schools in 2006, a state policy was put in place to continue to screen pupils in Lagos State covering all the LGAs/LCDAs.


In 2012, the School Eye Health Programme was expanded. A total number of 2002 public primary school teachers were trained, 1001 public primary schools have been equipped with vision screening kits and presently 725 vision corridors have been installed in public primary schools.


In 2021, Secondary School Eye health programme commenced with the training of teachers in the public junior secondary schools in Lagos State. A total of 683 teachers were trained from 341 junior secondary schools , 341  junior secondary schools were equipped with screening kits ,175 vision corridors were installed in 175 state junior secondary schools.