- The Lagos State Government has commenced phased refurbishment and renovation of all general hospitals in the state.
- Prof. Abayomi stated that the refurbishment and renovation strategy would address the issues of design faults, drainage, among others.
In a bid to revamp health facilities and make them fit for purpose, the Lagos State Government has commenced phased refurbishment and renovation of all general hospitals in the state.
The latest development was made known by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Wednesday.
The state commissioner, after a facility inspection tour of two secondary health facilities, Ebute Metta and Harvey Road Health Centres, stated that the refurbishment and renovation strategy which commenced last year would address the issues of design faults, drainage, patient flow, staff flow, water collection, infection prevention compliance or non-compliance, energy and ventilation.
“Mr. Governor already knows the state of the General Hospitals and his mandate is that we do a deep refurbishment in all the general hospitals and bring them all up to the standard that is acceptable globally.
“Instead of repairing the general hospitals in little pieces every year, we are coming to a number of hospitals every year to do a complete refurbishing so that by the time we finish, it will look like a brand new hospital. We intend to refurbish between six-eight hospitals in a year,” Abayomi said.
He disclosed that eight hospitals have been earmarked for deep refurbishment in 2021 in addition to the ones started last year, adding that the refurbishment and renovation project would also focus on bringing down the carbon footprints in the medical infrastructure and embracing renewable energy like solar, inverters and natural ventilators.
He stressed that the repair and the refurbishment would be carried out in such a way that it would not allow for major repairs in another decade except for continuous maintenance that would be done by the hospital management in collaboration with the Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Maintenance Agency (LASIAMA).
The Commissioner averred that the state government has embarked on some Greenfield medical infrastructure projects to prevent issues noticed in health infrastructure across all levels of care in the State, stressing that all issues bedevilling medical health infrastructure will disappear when Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Medical Infrastructure Blueprint strategy is rolled out.
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