*Performs ground-breaking ceremony of Resident Doctors’ 11-floor Quarters
By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday, commissioned six medical infrastructure projects at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
The projects that the governor commissioned, include a 124-Bed SDG Multipurpose Medical Building; the Renovated House Officers’ Quarters; the Faculty of Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences Building; an Ambulance Bay; a Special Services Centre and a Sport complex all located within the premises of the LASUTH complex.
The governor also performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the commencement of construction of 11-Floor Resident Doctors’ Quarters which when completed will have 30 units of two bed room apartments and 63 units of one bedroom apartment including ancillary facilities.
As reported by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs in the Ministry of Health, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the delivery of the modern medical infrastructure projects will further strengthen the capacity of the State healthcare system to meet the needs of residents and citizens alike.
He said: “We are here today at LASUTH to celebrate the delivery of modern medical infrastructure projects that will further strengthen the capacity of our health care system to meet the needs of our people.
“All of these facilities have been provided in fulfilment of our promises and commitment to the good people of Lagos State under the Health and Environment pillar of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda. We are committed to doing more in this second term of our administration and raise the bar of excellence”.
Sanwo-Olu while appreciating the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire for midwifing and handing over of the 124-bed SDG multipurpose medical building to Lagos State noted that the purpose built medical infrastructure will significantly raise the status of LASUTH as a leading and award winning medical school and centre of excellence in healthcare service delivery.
“Let me use this opportunity to express the profound appreciation of the government and the good people of Lagos State to the Federal Government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to Mr President on Sustainable Development Goals for the donation of a 124 Bed multipurpose medical building which we are commissioning today.
“This building which is well equipped with modern medical care facilities and comprising 4 medical schools in the areas of Anaesthesia Technology, Echo Cardiograph, Orthopaedic Cast Technology and Post Graduate Nursing, will significantly raise the status of LASUTH as a leading and award winning medical school and centre of excellence in healthcare service delivery
“I have no doubt in my mind that with this facility, and several others that have been put in place in other parts of the country, we are on the path to improving our nation’s human capital development index and achieving the set targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, the Governor said.
While congratulating the Management of LASUTH on the harvest of medical infrastructure projects, he urged the management and staff of the hospital to prioritize the care and maintenance of the facilities adding that his administration is committed to doing more in the second term to further raise the bar of excellence.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goal, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said that the Federal Government through the Sustainable Development Goals will continue to partner with the State government to ensure that citizens have unhindered access to quality healthcare services.
Orelope-Adefulire explained that the 124-bed SDG multipurpose building is a unique facility that houses Private Wards, Presidential Suites, GYM and SPA. She noted that the facility would hopefully attract VIPs and VVIPs to seek health care services at LASUTH.
“Aside from many other projects all across Nigeria that we have implemented, this edifice at LASUTH stands out, and will take care of all Nigerians living in Lagos. I’m aware that not only those who live in Lagos are coming to receive treatment in LASUTH”.
While appreciating the Lagos State Government for the support given to the outgoing President, she urged the Government and people of Lagos State to extend the same support to the incoming administration in order further the delivery of democratic dividend.
Also Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the different medical infrastructure projects that were commissioned are of immense value and significant in the effort of the Sanwo-Olu led administration to improve the State Health indices.
He explained that the 124-Bed SDG Multipurpose Medical Building donated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals is an L-Shaped 2-Storey structure with a waiting shed geared towards expansion, improvement of healthcare delivery and to complement the existing in-adequate bed compliment at LASUTH.
Abayomi noted that the Renovated House Officers’ Quarters has 22 self-contain apartment with six general lounge inclusive of Toilets and Bathrooms, Terrace and 6 general kitchens adding that the project equally support the LASUTH in securing accreditation from the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria for the training of House Officers.
“The Faculty of Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences Building is a four floor project built to enhance the learning process of tutors and students of the Lagos State University College of Medicine. The building houses a reception, offices, conference rooms, lecture rooms, lecture theatres, conference room, laboratories including; anatomy laboratory and physiology laboratory.
“The Ambulance Bay is a storey building facility that houses the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) activities in Ikeja division of Lagos State. The Ambulance Bay is designed to ensure quick response to emergencies especially road traffic accidents and other medical emergencies and improved response time to emergencies. The facility has a Reception, Kitchenette, Driver’s Lounge, Office space for administrative activities, Male and Female Bedroom for convenience of staff running night shift”, Abayomi said.
The Commissioner stated that the Special Services Centre (SSC) is intended to bridge the gap in our healthcare sector and solve challenges of interventional procedures on a Private Public Partnership model.
According to him, the SSC accommodates a Dialysis Unit, a Bronchoscopy Suite, a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and an Endoscopy Suite whose services are economically affordable to patients across the State.
He noted that the Unit has eight dialysis stations which cater for a minimum of 22 sessions daily and 660 dialysis sessions monthly in addition to the existing six dialysis machines in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of LASUTH.
On the Resident Doctors’ Quarters, Abayomi explained that the construction of a facility to house resident doctors becomes more imperative due to the continuous agitation by the Resident Doctors for accommodation and the promise of the State Government to solve the problem of accommodation being experienced by the Doctors.
“The proposal for the construction is in line with the “Health and Environment” pillar under the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, the present Administration embarked on provision of conducive infrastructure for staff in order to enhance productivity and efficiency in the public health sector.
“The proposed new staff quarter for resident doctors in LASUTH will consist of 11-Floors with each floor designed with consideration to natural ventilation, illumination and energy efficiency which will eventually assist them to achieve optimum performance in their Clinical services”, the Commissioner said.
While appreciating the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for investing in medical infrastructure development, Abayomi opined that the collaboration of the Federal Government agency and the Lagos State Government is a decisive way to position LASUTH as one of the leading academic centers for medical training and care in Nigeria.