The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has got a state-owned helipad for medical emergencies across the state and beyond. The official unveiling of the helipad, which was done by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday at LASUTH, was coupled with the general inspection of the institute.
While commissioning the heliport, Ambode disclosed that the upgrading of the 247-bed and five Theatre Suits for pregnant women, popularly called Ayinke House, would be ready for use by 2017.
Governor Ambode, who also inspected medical facilities at the LASUTH complex, said as part of efforts to transform the health sector in the State for optimal performance, the Bola Tinubu Health and Diagnostic Centre will soon become operational, while approval had been granted for the rehabilitation, upgrade and bulk purchase of medical equipments required in 20 Secondary and 21 Primary health facilities across the State.
“This Helipad being commissioned today is a lifesaving asset and critical complement to the efficient functioning of this unit and other emergency services being rendered by the state. The Helipad will also aid the movement of patients from remote areas where healthcare facilities to provide the level of emergency medicines required are not readily available”..
Earlier, the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said by the commissioning of the Helipad, LASUTH is now on the verge of being elevated as level one Trauma Centre, adding that the Helipad was the first to be certified in the country for any State Government.
It is apparent this is another big feat in the health care industry by the Ambode government. Do you agree with me?