The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated a four-floor, 110-bed Maternal Child Centre, as well as the School of Anaesthesiology at the Badagry General Hospital and a 252 units of two bedroom bungalows in Badagry area of the State.
The Governor also unveiled the 5.5km-long hospital road as a dual carriageway to connect Idale, Povita, Topo, and Ajido Communities to Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the School of Anaesthetic Studies, which has already trained 133 doctors and 65 nurses validates his administration’s dedication to capacity building and the professional empowerment of medical workers.
The Governor noted that while the Maternal and Child Centre was a critical indicator of its commitment to eradicating maternal and child mortality in Lagos State.
“As a father and Governor, maternal and child mortality is so close to my heart that I am ready to do everything within my personal and official capacity to put an end to it in Lagos State. Through consistent action and smart investments, our women will no longer die while giving life; we will eradicate infant and under-5 mortality in our State” The Governor said.
The maternal and child centre is equipped with ECG and ultra scan machines, modern baby incubators with oxygen delivery system, pediatric ventilators, cardiotocography and diathermy machines and multi-parameter monitors for mothers and babies among other medical equipment.
The Governor said that the project would be replicated in other strategic locations in the State as some public secondary health facilities have been identified for phased expansion of maternal and child health service.
He urged health workers to be alive to their responsibilities as his administration was ready to provide all the necessary infrastructure for a robust healthcare delivery system in the State.
On the hospital road project, Governor Sanwo-Olu described it as a precursor of many good things that would be carried out in the Badagry axis
“Our plan is to harness Badagry’s tourism and growth potential through the provision of necessary infrastructure. We have planned the execution and completion of this road project in two phases. Phase 1 will begin at Market Junction and terminate at LASU Foundation while Phase 2 will be from LASU Foundation to Idale intersection” the Governor announced.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said the Badagry MCC was activated after its completion last November and healthcare services had been delivered to over 3,000 outpatients and 600 children, while 49 caesarean sections have been successfully performed there.
His counterpart in the Ministry of Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai said that one of the strategies adopted by the current administration was the speedy completion of all inherited projects from previous administrations.
He pointed out that the housing estate was the first green and eco-friendly housing scheme in Lagos and arrangements have been concluded to deploy the same technology in the construction of the proposed Workers estate in Imota, in Ikorodu and Ishefun in Ayobo-Ipaja area.
According to Mr Akinderu-Fatai, arrangements are also in top gear for the launch of a rental intervention scheme, tagged “Home4All” in a bid to provide affordable housing for the teeming residents of Lagos.