Governor Ambode has ordered contractors handling the LASUTH Maternity Hospital, popularly known as Ayinke, to work round the clock and ensure the project is concluded in six months.
The Governor said this on Wednesday, 8th of November 2017 while commissioning a new access road, linking the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, from Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way.
Speaking while commissioning the road, Governor Ambode expressed his delight at the completion of the project, saying it was designed to facilitate faster access to medical care, thereby saving lives.
He said it was a thing of joy that after about three to four decades, another access road had been created, linking to LASUTH, and the management of the institution were to ensure proper usage of the facility.
He said: “We are very delighted to be here. We believe strongly that the major cornerstone for the growth of the economy of Lagos actually lies in the hands of all of you here because if we don’t have a healthy State, we cannot have a productive economy and that was why we decided that we would pay greater attention to the health sector.
“We realised that just one entrance into this whole complex is too dangerous. It’s been like that for almost three or four decades and we are happy to be here opening another access road and thereby saving lives.
“That is the way it should be because patients can come in ambulance but held up almost thirty minutes and unable to disembark but this road will remove the tragedy that may occur through such and we are happy to commission this project.
“We are also happy that in another five to six months, we will be back here to make the Ayinke House functional and in addition to that, there are other two projects going on here and we have received assurances also that before May 2018, those ones will be completed also,” he said.
While commending the management of the institution for a remarkable performance, Governor Ambode assured that his administration would not relent in implementing policies and projects designed to scale up the health sector, and also monitor the performance of workers in the sector to ensure efficient service delivery.
The Governor specifically acknowledged the pressure on medical personnel in the State due to the large number of patients coming from other States and even countries in the West African region, and pledged to address issues relating to welfare of staff, especially doctors who recently raised question of promotion stagnation.
Governor Ambode, who also inspected ongoing projects across the State, ordered additional projects such as lounge for families of patients and a canteen, as well as an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department to be included in the ongoing upgrade and expansion of Alimosho General Hospital.
The Governor said his desire is to upgrade the hospital to LASUTH standard, just as he assured that as part of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the Igando Dump Site, which is a major eyesore, would be shut down and cleaned up to safeguard the health of people in the area.