Lagos: Real reason we are transforming medical facilities –Sanwo-Olu

Lagos: Real reason we are transforming medical facilities –Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State government has described its ongoing medical infrastructure transformation as a part of efforts to make the future better than today in the state in terms of provision of healthcare facilities.

According to the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said in order to achieve its goal the government would among other things, ensure that the people of the state have access to quality state-provided healthcare facilities within three kilometres.

That, he said, was apart from the training of its staff to be able to provide quality service.

The governor said while the government was planning to increase its General Hospitals to 30 from 27, it would add to the 330 primary healthcare centres in the state.

The governor who stated that the government would continue to meet the funding benchmark of the World Health Organisation, WHO, for health assured that it would not relent in its efforts to continue to improve on the existing facilities.

Speaking on the ongoing transformation of the infrastructure in the health sector in the state, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, said in order to meet the Sanwo-Olu transformation plan, there would continue to be improvement in the provision of office environment of health workers and their tools.

Doctors’ quarters would also be improved upon as well, he said.

He stated that an assessment of the General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres had shown that there was need for improvement to make them good enough for the workers and patients.

Citing the New Massey Street Children’s Hospital and the Gbagada General Hospital as examples of facilities benefitting from the plan, the commissioner said: “By the time we finished renovation, even though we can’t change the foundation, they look like new.”

He added: “The hospitals will have the same look and feel and all will be connected via smart internet links.”