…As Ogunyemi Seeks Cooperation of all Health Stakeholders to Achieve THEMES Plus Agenda, UHC

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday November 3, appointed and sworn-in Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi as Special Adviser on Health into the State Executive Council in a bid to expand the scope of administration in the State’s health care system.

Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunyemi, a trained nurse and two-term member of Lagos State Health Service Commission, was sworn in on Friday as Special Adviser to the Governor on Health. She took the oath at a ceremony held at the State House, Alausa.

Sanwo-Olu congratulated Ogunyemi on her well-deserved appointment, reminding her that the expectations that warranted her appointment are high, given her wealth of experience and knowledge in the medical profession, leadership and governance.

The Governor expressed his confidence that the newly appointed Special Adviser would live up to her billing and the trust reposed in her in the discharge of her responsibilities.

He said: “I welcome Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunyemi to the State Executive Council, having been confirmed by the House of Assembly. She will be serving as Special Adviser on Health. The expectations are high, given the wealth of experience she is bringing to the table. I expect that you would immediately settle into your responsibilities, so that the Government and the people of Lagos can harness your full potential, while you work to help actualise all of the programmes and activities in your portfolios.

After the swearing-in ceremony by Mr. Governor, Ogunyemi was received at the Conference Room of the State Ministry of Health by top Government officials in the health sector, including the Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga; Commissioners of the State Health Service Commission; members of the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the health sector; Medical Directors of State-owned Hospitals; Directors and staff of the Ministry of Health and members of the State Nursing family amidst wild jubilation and cheers.

Speaking at the reception ceremony held in her honour, Ogunyemi sought the cooperation, support and collaboration of all stakeholders in the health sector in order to drive the mandate of the Governor towards achieving universal health coverage and improving access to qualitative and efficient health services for the teaming population of the State.

She said: “I thank Mr. Governor who appointed me in his cabinet to assist him in achieving the THEMES agenda, especially in the health sector. I was not expecting to be a cabinet member, I did not lobby, but you know when God does something you can’t question. I was really excited when I got the call.

“One thing I will continue saying is that you have to make yourself valuable in whatever you are doing, you have to do it right, you have to show people your value otherwise if you do not do things right nobody is going to recognize you, and when you are of value, people will want you and will not want to see you go. So always work very hard.

“I know God put me here for a reason, there is a purpose, and I want you to continue praying for me to achieve that purpose and be able to make an impact not for me but for the future of of the health family and everybody who come behind to be the next SA or Commissioner because at the end of the day, everything is temporary, so while you are there make sure you do it right.

“We are one; doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, healthcare attendants, pharmacists and other health cadres, we all have one purpose, so there is no reason for us to be divided, we have to get together for that person, who happens to be the patient, that’s why we are here.

“With you as a team, we are going to make an impact together, it’s not about me, it has never been about me, but someone has to lead someone has to be the Commissioner or Special Adviser, somebody has to be the director, and on Monday work starts, and  I need your support.

“I have a passion for leadership, and I am very passionate about helping people. I am extremely passionate about people who do not have access to quality health care, and I’m committed to ensuring that they have good access to health efficient and quality healthcare services.

“The whole health family is very important to me. Let us be the best we can. God is watching us for every single thing we do”

Also present at the event were the Permanent Secretary Health District I, Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole; Permanent Secretary Secretary, Health District II, Dr Dayo Lajide; Permanent Secretary,  Health District III, Dr Monsurat Adeleke; Permanent Secretary, Health District IV, Dr Abimbola Bowale and Permanent Secretary, Health District VI, Dr. Abimbola Mabogunje.

Others are the Commissioner I, HSC, Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke; Commissioner II, HSC, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya; Medical Director, Surulere General Hospital, Dr. Mobolaji Sojirin; Directors in the Ministry of Health; friends and family members the Mrs. Ogunyemi.