Commissioner for Health Visits LASUTH, Inspects Ongoing Projects and Infrastructure
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi has visited the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to inspect ongoing projects and the existing infrastructure in the hospital.
In his opening remark, Prof Abayomi appreciated the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, for managing the hospital well despite the challenges and constraints of the recent events in the world.
Professor Abayomi however, lamented the decaying level of infrastructure in LASUTH with reference to House Officers quarters, Ayinke House and the Paediatrics building as he promised to look into how to transform the hospital into a modern day, purpose built academic institution.
During his inspection of the House Officers quarters and Ayinke House, the commissioner thoroughly assessed the dilapidation of the House Officers’ quarters stressing that he is not surprised by what he is seeing on ground.
Speaking on the state of infrastructure, he added that the only way to address infrastructure problem in LASUTH is to properly choose contractors to avoid lack of efficiency and maintenance while paying attention to financial capabilities of contractors.
The commissioner further added that contractors should be able to carry on with work despite the bureaucratic challenges citing that failure to do so slows down, stops or get abandoned because of processes involved in the payment for the project.
The commissioner also said that attention would be paid to energy-efficient building and that glass houses would not be built stressing that when power fails, the whole building should not turn into an incubator as he promised to involve infrastructure facility managers in the design process.
“We don’t have to follow building from the United Kingdom or elsewhere but we must follow energy-efficient building.
Prof Abayomi admitted that there were major faults in Ayinke House building and confirmed that the building is going to need a major rehabilitation as he promised to pay attention to upcoming doctors’ quarters and the psychiatry building. “We are failing our agencies as a ministry, we need to come to the bottom of the problem and identify issues. We need to capture things in their current state”. He said.
Professor Abayomi also inspected the 120 bedded ward project which is currently under construction near the main entrance of the hospital. The project is said to address the problem of shortage of bed space after completion.
The Commissioner charged the LASUTH and LASUCOM management on improving research and training of medical personnel adding that infrastructure plays a prominent role in training of personnel. “we need to improve research with LASUTH and LASUCOM in forefront.
He, however, thanked the management of the hospital for availing him the privilege for the tour of the hospital as he promised to revisit the hospital very soon to spend a whole day.
While welcoming the Honorable Commissioner to LASUTH, Professor Fabamwo stated that the Commissioner is familiar with some of the challenges facing the hospital.
The CMD said “it is an opportunity for the Honorable Commissioner to see what is on ground and see the need for infrastructure upgrade” stressing that the management would be delighted to have infrastructure upgrade.
Prof Fabamwo specially thanked and appreciated the Commissioner, board and management of the hospital.
The LASUTH Board Chairman, Dr. Richardson Ajayi emphasized that LASUTH is a fast growing Teaching Hospital with modern infrastructure as he appreciated the Honorable Commissioner for the visit.
He also thanked the CMD for what he is doing in the hospital considering the constraints in the world right now.