. . . Promises International Standard Staff Quarters
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has declared that the priority attached to good health for Lagosians spurred the present administration to embark on the transformation of existing health facilities and provision of new infrastructure with emphasis on low energy consumption, easy maintenance, Infection Prevention Control, as well as staff and patient comfort.
Speaking earlier today, Abayomi disclosed that the New Massey Street Children’s Hospital will be the first product of the medical blueprint strategy championed by the Governor for transforming the State’s healthcare sector.
His words: “The building is sitting on 4000 square meters; it is on a site of 14000 square meters and will be 150 beds, multidisciplinary specialist paediatric hospital, probably the only one of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“This hospital will take care of the welfare of children in Lagos as the old Massey Street has been doing. The facility is designed to treat all diseases that affect our children, to make sure we have healthy young children that will contribute to the economy of Lagos State”.
Prof. Abayomi also revealed that the State government is working systematically to rehabilitate Gbagada General Hospital, adding that all commissioned projects are part of the plan.
Acknowledging that there’s a lot of work to be done, with allied facilities to be put in place, the Commissioner gave an assurance that there is a master plan for Gbagada and pleaded with all staff doctors and personnel in the hospital for patience.
Prof. Abayomi said the commissioned projects will improve the Lagos State COVID-19 resilience, maintaining that the Oxygen plant as well as the Triage and Oxygen Centre will help greatly in case management and sample collection.
Disclosing steps taken to shore-up blood supply in hospitals, Abayomi said that “To address the issues around the shortage of blood in Lagos, we have repurposed the Gbagada Centre of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, initially developed for COVID-19 response, and made it the headquarters of blood transfusion service in Lagos.”
The Commissioner also had soothing words for healthcare workers in government hospitals as he declared that the comfort of health workers is very necessary for quality and better healthcare delivery in Lagos, hence the need for international standard staff quarters in Lagos hospitals.
“Moving forward, all new projects must have staff quarters and we should also retrospectively go backwards to our big hospitals that don’t have staff quarters to rectify the situation, which is the reason for this project, essentially to make our staff comfortable and retard the brain drain out of Nigeria, especially in Lagos State”, he stated.