The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals has handed over a fully equipped state-of-the-art hospital building with over 200-bed capacity to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Also, the office commissioned a fully rehabilitated sports and recreational centre in LASUTH and a newly constructed and fully equipped 80Bed Multipurpose Hospital in Mushin to serve the densely populated community.
A statement issued from the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SSAP-SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, on Thursday, said the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned the LASUTH’s facility.
Represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Sanwo-Olu said the Federal and State Governments’ partnership in the delivery of modern medical infrastructure at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, will boost the healthcare system in the state, and raise the status of LASUTH as a leading medical centre of excellence in healthcare services.
“I do not doubt in my mind that with this facility, and several others that have been put in place in other parts of the country, we are on the path to improving our nation’s human capital development index and achieving the set targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orolope-Adefulire, in her remarks, disclosed that quality healthcare should not be a privilege for a few, saying that it should be a right for all.
She said: “The SDGs underscore this; reminding us that we must strive to leave no one behind. This building is a tangible manifestation of this commitment. With the additional capacity it provides, more citizens will have access to the essential healthcare services they need to live healthy and productive lives.”
She added that the right to healthcare is a fundamental human right, and access to healthcare is a top priority for the Nigerian government to leave no one behind.
“Today, we are here to actualise this vision. This newly constructed 200-Bed Multipurpose Building, a product of dedication, strategic planning, and effective collaboration, stands as a beacon of hope, promising quality healthcare for all Lagosians and Nigerians,” she said.
Also speaking, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, explained that the medical facility is of immense value and significance in the effort to improve the State Health indices.
He explained that the 200-Bed SDG Multipurpose Medical Building donated by the SSAP-SDGs is an L-Shaped 2-Storey structure with a waiting shed geared towards expansion, and improvement of healthcare delivery and will complement the existing inadequate bed at LASUTH.