The Lagos State government has expressed confidence over the state of the health care infrastructure in the state, pledging its commitment to improving them.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi stated this in a recently released documentary tagged ‘Lagos State Medical Infrastructure Transformation’.
Sanwo-Olu said, “in the last 20 years we have had people in leadership positions who understand and appreciate the fact that they are in leadership positions to serve and make tomorrow better than they met it today.
“We have 330 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) and 27 secondary healthcare facilities in all the nooks and crannies of the state and we are still developing them. We are making sure that we have three in every ward. We want to ensure that between three to four kilometers in Lagos, you will find a PHC.”
The governor also stated that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for 10 to 12 percent of annual budgetary allocation to health have been achieved in the state.
The duo stated that the government is embarking on Brownfield (new) and Greenfield (existing) projects, reduction of the energy use in all the hospitals by over 50 percent to align with global climate change mitigation efforts and connecting all hospitals digitally through the Smart Health Infrastructure Platform (SHIP) initiative which will allow consultation with doctors and specialists outside the country for complicated processes.
Abayomi reiterated that a lot of emphasis has been placed on the environment in which medical personnel work, the equipment they work with, the design of the buildings, and relaxation centers.
He added that another innovation is the ART4LIFE concept which focuses on the aesthetics of the buildings using art and colour concepts to promote better welfare and mental wellbeing.