The AGPMPN listed 1,116 additional hospitals that will help ease the impact of the health sector crisis in Lagos

The AGPMPN listed 1,116 additional hospitals that will help ease the impact of the health sector crisis in LagosThe Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) Lagos State Chapter, on Friday, announced the names of additional private hospitals to offer free consultations to residents.

The newly listed hospitals bring to 1,200, the number of private hospitals listed by the group as free treatment centres during the ongoing health crisis in the state.

Olayinka Oladosu, the chairman of Association, told journalists that the additional 1,116 private hospitals will support the facilities earlier listed to alleviate the plight of residents.

However, this is coming amidst controversies which have surrounded the association recently.

First, residents were denied free consultations and treatment at many of the 84 hospitals earlier listed to offer such service, as many of the private health practitioners claimed that they were not part of the decision.

Also, the decision to offer free service was met with criticisms from residents who accused the association of taking sides with the state government.

The state government recently sacked 788 striking doctors from its service, and federal doctors in the state consequently went on a solidarity strike.

Oladosu admitted that some members were not initially informed about the association’s decision to include their facilities on the list. However, he insisted that all members were now being carried along with the association’s gesture to serve the public.

“But each hospital would determine the extent of free services they are willing to give, as some might be more generous than others,” he added.

Oladosu also cast some doubts on the viability of the programme, saying he could not guarantee that all the listed practitioners would comply with the directive.

“But people can report them if they don’t comply,” he said.

Reacting to the other allegation, Oladosu debunked claims that AGPMPN is pro-government.

“This position is purely based on humanitarian consideration and out of concern by the medical profession for the masses that are directly affected by this crisis, the pains and sufferings of the common man in Lagos State,” he said.

Oladosu also noted that the intention of the centres is to alleviate the situation, not to completely substitute public hospitals.

“Even the 1,200 centres cannot solve all the problems,” he said.

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