Lagos to revamp 5 health facilities yearly

Lagos to revamp 5 health facilities yearly

By Florence Onuegbu

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it has begun plan to upgrade five state-owned health infrastructure yearly to boost health delivery.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said this at the ongoing 2021 Ministerial briefing to mark Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu second year in office.

Abayomi said the overhauling of infrastructure in the health facilities began in 2020, following the executive council approval of the roadmap.

He said the ministry’s Medical Project Implementation Unit was executing the roadmap in phases by revamping facilities across primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.

The commissioner said the overhauling of its health facilities was part of strategy to build a resilient healthcare in Lagos and increase residents’ access to quality universal health coverage.

He said the effort would bring ‘about fit-for-purpose healthcare facilities’ that would raise the capacity of the government to respond to contemporary and future health challenges.

According to him, the renewal effort is being carried out in short, medium and long-term basis.

”Part of the new features to be seen will include improved efficiency for physical maintenance, ease of movement, low carbon footprint, low energy consumption, infection prevention and control, staff and patient comfort.

”In the last one year, we have embarked on phased but comprehensive revamp of our secondary health facilities, as part of our medical infrastructure upgrade roadmap which is aimed at raising access to quality and bring about efficiently run health facilities.

”This effort commenced in the previous year and it is expected to address issues of design errors, drainage, patient flow, staff flow, water collection, infection prevention, energy and ventilations.

”We have renovated and remodelled the Mainland Hospital in Yaba with plans of making it an Institute of Research for Infectious Diseases.

”We have also completed the remodelling and upgrade of Apapa General Hospital, just as we are currently renovating Harvey Road Health Centre, Ebute Metta Health Centre, Isolo General Hospital and the General Hospital, Odan Lagos. All of these are in the effort to make health accessible,” he said.

Abayomi said that the Sanwo-Olu administration had completed, equipped and handed over two multi-level Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC) in Eti-Osa and Badagry.

He said that the construction of another 110-bed MCC had been completed in Epe and was due for inauguration in the coming weeks.

Abayomi noted that the upgrade was being done in a sustainable way, adding it would take another decade for major repairs to be done, except statutory maintenance by the hospital management and the Lagos State Asset Maintenance Agency.

He disclosed that the executive council had also approved the construction of new hospital to bridge gaps in access and services in health sector.

”In fulfilment of our medical infrastructure blueprint agenda, we have commenced the construction of a 280-bed General Hospital in Ojo, 150-bed New Massey Street Children’s Hospital.

”The governor has also approved the construction and equipping of 1,500-bed Psychiatric Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre at Majidun in Ketu Ejinrin.

”In the course of the year, we have completed the construction of a four-storey Faculty of Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences Office Block at Lagos State University College of Medicine.

”Plans have been concluded for renovation and upgrade of some facilities at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, in tandem with our medical infrastructure blueprint strategy for the tertiary health facilities.

”In partnership with the private sector, we have completed and handed over an oxygen plant at Mainland and Gbagada General Hospitals. We have delivered Traige and Oxygen Centres in 10 locations across Lagos.

”In raising staff welfare, we have started the construction of a 24-unit Doctors’ and Staff Quarters at Gbagada General Hospital,” the commissioner said. (NAN)