By Mercy Iyene Etim
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has undoubtedly left an indelible mark with his exceptional performance in healthcare and health infrastructure.
The state recently earned accolades as one of the best healthcare systems in Africa, a testament to the governor’s commitment to transforming the sector. While Sanwo-Olu has consistently proven his prowess in various capacities, the question arises: could his extraordinary success in healthcare be attributed to the influence of his wife, Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu?
Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who celebrated her 57th birthday recently, is a distinguished First Lady, and notably, the first medical practitioner to hold the position in Lagos State.
With 25 years of dedicated service, she has a remarkable career that includes rising through the ranks to become the Chief Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Road Comprehensive Health Centre in Yaba, before being transferred to the General Hospital in Shomolu.
Even before assuming the role of First Lady, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke actively participated in various health initiatives, such as Free Health Missions and the Lagos State Healthy Bee Project, targeting grassroots and riverine communities. She has been instrumental in Senior Citizens Support, addressing the needs of senior citizens across the state.
Additionally, she has championed causes like the advocacy against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), the War Against Drug Abuse, and the Boy Child Initiative, demonstrating her multifaceted commitment to community well-being.
Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke’s wealth of experience as a medical professional for over two decades brings a unique perspective to her role as First Lady. Her dedication goes beyond mere involvement; it is driven by a focus on producing impactful, organic, and long-term results.
The influence of Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke is evident in Governor Sanwo-Olu’s adept handling of complex health challenges during his tenure. The COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented global crisis, showcased the administration’s clinical and world-class response. From implementing effective public health measures to managing healthcare infrastructure and navigating socio-economic impacts, the governor’s disposition mirrored the calm and undaunted approach displayed by the First Lady.
Beyond the pandemic, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s leadership continues to drive Lagos State towards remarkable health achievements. The state witnesses ongoing world-class infrastructure development, unparalleled primary healthcare transformation, impactful maternal and child health initiatives, improved emergency response, and fruitful public-private partnerships.
These accomplishments are a testament to the governor’s ability to assemble a formidable team, and with his life partner, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Babajide will continue to shape the healthcare landscape of Lagos State in ways that resonate excellence.