Lagos State came into being through a Federal Edict on May 27, 1967 and Health was one of the Ministries with which it took off.

The Ministry was formerly charged with responsibility for both health and social welfare.

The latter has since been excised, rejoined and eventually excised from the Ministry such that the Social Welfare Division is presently under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development.

Our Vision

"To attain excellence in health service delivery by applying best practices at all levels of care."

Our Mission

"To deliver qualitative, affordable and equitable healthcare services to the citizenry applying appropriate technology by highly motivated staff."

The political/executive headship of the Ministry is reposed in the Honourable Commissioner for Health and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care. Through them, policy matters affecting health in the State are channeled to the State Executive Council and the Governor.

The Permanent Secretary is the accounting officer/head of the Ministry’s civil service, through whom all the directors report to the Honourable Commissioner and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care.

There are nine Directorates viz:

  • Health Care Planning, Research & Statistics
  • Primary Health Care: Disease Control & Family Health/Nutrition
  • Hospital Services: HEFAMAA & LASAMBUS
  • Occupational Health & Staff Health Matters
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Medical Administration, Training & Programs
  • Nursing
  • Accounts
  • Administration & Human Resources


There is a Public Relations Unit which serves the whole of the Ministry. The Internal Auditor and the legal Officer report directly to the Permanent Secretary.

LSMOH Organogram
  • Health policy/plan formulation and legislation
  • Regulatory functions, including quality assurance (setting of standards for personnel, infrastructure and services for registration of both public and private health institutions operating in the State), monitoring and evaluation.
  • Development and implementation of strategies for Health Sector Reform, including promotion of public-private partnership in health.
  • Development of capacity for generation and utilization of evidence-based data and information for health policy, strategy and plan development/implementation (Health Management Information System).
  • Health manpower development (medical, nursing and allied training institutions) and planning including enhancement of human resource, administrative and financial management capacity of health and health-related professionals.
  • Primary Health Care including:
    • Strengthening of capacity of local governments to manage health programs and plans
    • Strengthening of programs and initiatives for monitoring/control/elimination/ eradication of specific preventable diseases (malaria; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; Vaccine Preventable Diseases e.g. measles, tetanus, poliomyelitis)
    • Improvement of access to reproductive/sexual health services and information including Family Planning
    • Encouragement and facilitation of ownership, responsibility and accountability of health programs, plans and actions at the community level
    • Rural Health Program
    • Protective health and nutrition, including food control standards.
  • Industrial and Occupational Health.
  • Staff Clinic and pre-employment health screening.
  • Design and implement community and school-based Information, Education and Communication (IEC) packages on the promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of common infectious and non-communicable diseases, and consumers’ knowledge and awareness of their right to quality care and personal obligation to better health.
  • School Health.
  • Monitor and control trends of diseases (communicable and non-communicable) at the community and State levels.
  • Institutionalize an operational system to facilitate early/timely detection, diagnosis and response to epidemics, emergencies and disasters at the State and community levels (Emergency Preparedness).
  • Design and implement facility development program.
  • Medical and Hospital Services
  • Establish a sustainable drug management system, promote essential drug policy and discourage use of counterfeit, spurious and substandard drugs including institutionalization of a drug quality assurance across the entire drug chain.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry to conduct health surveys and research, including development, updating and enforcement of protocol for conduct of health surveys and research by researchers.
  • Integration of traditional medicine, based on proven efficacy, into the State’s health care system at both community and provincial levels
  • Liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders on policy formulation and implementation.
  • Establish a forum for effective donor interaction and coordination.
  • Representation on statutory bodies such as:
    • Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
    • Pharmacists Council of Nigeria
    • Lagos University Teaching Hospital Board
    • Industrial and Safety Council of Nigeria.