Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State (3rd from right) During the Project Commissioning in Lagos Photo: BOS/Twitter

Healthcare: Lagos Governor commissions oxygen plant, triage centre, staff quarters

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said the critical health facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are vital projects that will further enhance healthcare service delivery to ‘Lagosians’

*Appreciates the Management of NNPC, Chevron for donating a two storey-building comprising 24 units of apartments as residences for medical doctors

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of its commitment to building stronger and more resilient healthcare systems to improve healthcare services delivery, the Lagos State Government has assured residents that the current administration will continue to ensure that all Lagosians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of their socio-economic status.

ConsumerConnect reports Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave the commitment Wednesday, April 28 when commissioning of Blood Transfusion Service Office, Oxygen Plant and Oxygen Triage Centre and ground-breaking of Doctors’ 24-unit staff quarters at Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos.

The government disclosed that the Oxygen Plant is expected to produce an equivalent of 100 bottles of oxygen per day, and it is designed to run for 20 hours per day.

The governor said that the three critical health facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are vital projects that will scale up his administration’s most recent achievements in the health sector to further enhance healthcare service delivery to people of Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu noted the provision of quality healthcare that guarantees comfort and longevity is a fundamental pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S developmental agenda.

The current administration in the state will continue to implement audacious reforms in the health sector because the continued wellbeing of Lagosians is non-negotiable, he stated.

The governor further assured that “as we prepare to celebrate the second anniversary of this Administration, we are more determined than ever before to raise the standard and quality of our healthcare system to meet the healthcare needs of all Lagosians.

“We will continue to ensure that all Lagosians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of their socio-economic status.

“Although there is still so much to be done, I am proud of the considerable progress we have made in the last two years.”

According to Sanwo-Olu, one of the most outstanding lessons from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the need to build stronger and more resilient healthcare systems that will stand the test of time and also lead to improved patient care.

He further stressed that “the Gbagada Oxygen and Triage Centre being commissioned today (Wednesday) is an essential part of our COVID-19 Management Response Strategy and one of the 10 Permanent Triage and Oxygen Centres we have constructed across the State to provide swift Emergency Oxygen Therapy to those who require it.

“Each of these centers is equipped with beds, oxygen concentrators, thermometers, drugs, and consumables. The centers are managed by qualified medical personnel who have previously worked at the isolation centers across the state.”

The governor added: “The Blood Transfusion Service Office is also a critical facility that will enhance the capacity of our medical personnel to manage emergency situations that require blood transfusion.

“With this new facility and through voluntary blood donation, we will increase our capacity to meet the estimated 220,000 units of blood required for a population of over 22 million people.”

The state chief executive commended the leadership and staff of the Lagos State Infrastructure Assets Management Agency (LASIAMA) for successfully coordinating and supervising the construction and installation of the Oxygen Plant donated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC/TUPNI and partners.

Sanwo-Olu also appreciated the Management of the NNPC and Chevron for donating a two storey-building comprising 24 units of apartments, which will serve as residences for doctors.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, at the event said his ministry is working systematically to rehabilitate the Gbagada General Hospital and other hospitals in the Centre of Excellence, while building new hospitals.

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