The introduction of the State Medical Infrastructure Transformation blueprint is needed to boost the healthcare environment and improve available medical equipment.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu in a launched video showcasing the transformation blueprint, noted also that the state will continue to set the pace as the leader in healthcare delivery as he is committed to revamping medical facilities and enhancing the equipment for medical training and practice.
The idea of the blueprint for medical infrastructure transformation was revealed in 2020 during the state council on health meeting.
According to the Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi, the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic actually exposed the true dilapidated state of medical infrastructure.
He noted that the medical transformation blueprint has already identified areas of improvement for future development.
Since then, lots of efforts have gone into actual remodeling and renovation of dilapidated hospital structures as well as in laying the foundation of some new green projects which will boost the healthcare delivery of residents.
Governor Sanwoolu added, “the blueprint on medical infrastructure transformation is meant “to serve as the prototype document that will determine the direction of the healthcare infrastructure in the state for the foreseeable future”
The governor observed that Lagos State has a deficit in up-to-date medical facilities that can match what is obtained overseas, while the few available ones are in dire need of upgrading.
“For instance, we are making sure that there are two to three PHCs in every ward. We are making sure that in almost 2-3kms you turn a bend; you have a Primary Health Care facility”, said, Sanwoolu.
In the process of revamping the government intends to increase the current 27 general hospitals to 30 (with three more mother and child centres), have upgraded doctors’ quarters at LASUTH, and build a new one at Gbagada General Hospital.
The government will also provide a 300-bed isolation centre in case of an outbreak of epidemics, 10 more states of the art ambulances, and improved training facilities for doctors among others.
“The blueprint particularly looks at the environment where the doctors work, the equipment they work with, and the designs of the buildings of the quarters the medical officers live”, says Abayomi
At the moment, the structures, some of which were rehabilitated last between 2004 and 2008 are in various states of dilapidation.
According to Prof. Abayomi, because the projects are capital intensive some would be finished in the present dispensation while those which cannot be completed won’t have many challenges in being finished by the succeeding administration.