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The Lagos State Advocacy Team (SAT) of coalition of civil societies in the health sector has called for improved health system especially at the community levels in handling ailments related to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (ATM), reports 
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L-R Team Lead, Lagos State Advocacy Team (SAT), Mrs. Bunmi Tejumola; coordinator Network of Persons With HIV-AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Mr Patrick Akpan; the Medical Officer of Health (MoH) Shomolo LGA, Dr. Agbaola Ibidemi Christy, TB coordinator, Mrs Aipo Ifelunwa,and Alhaji Tella Tajudeen at Somolo.
The ATM coalition includes the Association of Civil Societies on Malaria, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN), TB Network, Network of Persons With HIV-AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN). 

Speaking at the advocacy visits on Tuesday, the Team Lead, Lagos State Advocacy Team (SAT) Mrs. Bunmi Tejumola, said improving quality of lives in communities across the state of excellence in particular after the COVID-19 effect has become necessary.


ITREALMS gathered that the advocacy visits took the team to the Rauf Aregbesola Primary Health Centre Egbeda in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Alimoso Local Government Area and Shomolu Local Government Area’s health department.

At the Aregbesola PHC, Mrs. Tejumola applauded the efforts of the councilors in rehabilitating the health centre to an acceptable state including cleanliness efforts and increase in medical personnel.

She also demanded on behalf of her team made up of ATM Project Officer, Ms Tope James, TB coordinator, Mrs  Ifelunwa Aipoh, Mr Patrick Akpan, coordinator NEPWHAN,
ITREALMS media team lead, Remmy Nweke, and Alhaji Tella Tajudeen, among others; for more ambulance vehicles for the PHC and additional staff in order to serve the community better.

She commended the Bale of the area for living up to his promise in collaborating with them on this project.
R-L Team Lead, Lagos State Advocacy Team (SAT), Mrs. Bunmi Tejumola; ATM Programme Officer, Ms Tope James; Supervisory Councillor, Mosan Okunola LCDA, Prince Hakeem Adeyemi and ITREALMS media lead, Mr. Remmy Nweke at Rauf Aregbesola Primary Health Centre, Egbeda, Lagos, during the visit.
At the office of health department of Shomolu LGA, the ATM team made case for more staff to carter for the teeming clientele across the Akoka and Abode Primary Health Centres respectively.

The Team Lead appealed for more consumable kits to be made available at both PHCs to ensure the safety of both medical personnel and patients visiting and using the facilities.

Welcoming the team earlier in Aregbesola PHC, the Supervisory Councilor for Health at Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Prince Akeem Adeyemi applauded the collaboration so far which have yielded some results in supporting the health centre.

Responding specifically on the call for more ambulance, Prince Adeyemi revealed that the Senator representing that constituency at the red chamber, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, alias Yayi has promised to donate an ambulance to the centre in no distance future.

Equally responding at Shomolu, the Medical Officer of Health (MoH) Shomolo LGA
Dr. Agbaola Ibidemi Christy expressed thanks to the team for finding out time to visit and raising crucial issues, capable of advancing the health deliverables in the LGA and state at large.

She promised to escalate most of the issues to the LGA chairman for prompt remediation, assuring that by the time of their next visit, a huge difference will have been made based on their recommendations, while those within her office will be expedient action upon, immediately.

Speaking during a vote of thanks at Somolu, Mr. Akpan appreciated the warm-welcome extended to the SAT team and encouraged the government to always see NGOs as partners in progress.

ITREALMS further reports that the advocacy visits were part of the Post-COVID-19 resilience project sponsored by the Global Fund and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) towards combating HIV-AIDS, TB and Malaria in some five LGAs of Lagos State. These LGAs include Alimoso, Eti-Osa, Somolu, Ikorodu and Mushin.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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