The Lagos State Government has advised residents to stop paying for birth certificates and report state officials who demand payment for its issuance.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Board, Dr Tayo Lawal, made this known on Thursday, December 12, during the inauguration of the Surulere Primary Health Centre, Agbado-Oke-Odo, in the Alimosho area of the state.

Lawal, who was represented by the Director of Medical Services and Disease Control, Dr. Eniola Erinosho, instructed residents to stop paying for birth certificates in the PHC.

“There is one thing I want you to monitor. If we have birth registration in this place and we are issuing birth certificates, you are not expected to pay a kobo for them,” he said.

He added that reports should be made if any official demanded payment.

“If anybody asks you for money, report such a person. We are assuring you that we will provide adequate personnel for this health centre,” he instructed.

He urged the residents to protect the facility and equipment while assuring them that the government would deliver efficient medical services at the health center.

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