Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday, May 1; inaugurated a 118-bed isolation and treatment centre within the premises of Gbagada General Hospital for the management of COVID-19 patients.
A statement by Mr Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health; said the three-floor isolation and treatment facility commissioned by Sanwo-Olu has intensive care isolation unit, ventilators, monitors, respirators, mobile x-ray, ultrasound, oxygen among other ultra-modern medical equipment.
Speaking at the unveiling, the governor said an existing facility within the Gbagada General Hospital complex; which was not in use was converted to the 118-bed bio-security complaint isolation and treatment facility after an extensive renovation and upgrade.
Sanwo-Olu said the centre was revamped to provide additional capacity to the existing isolation centres in the state.
“This facility as you know used to be the Cardiac and Renal Centre, but has not been used for some time now.
“So what we have been doing in the last two and a half months is to upscale the facility; finish up with the builders’ work and revamp the entire place to conform with an isolation centre,” he said.
Dear Lagosians, we are expanding our isolation capacity with more locations and medical equipment.
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) May 1, 2020
The Governor explained that the facility, which was designated for management of COVID-19 cases; had been demarcated into Green, Yellow and Red Zones in line with Infection Prevention and Control management.
“Green Zone will be for the health workers before they enter into the premises; Yellow Zone is holding Bay for suspected COVID-19 cases who are on observation; while the Red Zone is for the management of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“The facility has an independent power supply and back up power generator for uninterrupted power supply.
“This facility, I must say is first class and of international standard and has all the trappings of clinical care Unit,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also used the occasion to celebrate frontline health workers and other allied professionals; who were at the forefront of the COVID-19 battle.
“Today being May Day, we’ve had a celebration and our frontline health workers have been celebrated; as the real heroes of 2020 May Day Celebration.
“Everybody that is a health worker and frontline worker in the public and private sectors are the ones we are celebrating today.
“All the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, health attendants, psychosocial caregivers, street sweepers, firefighters, emergency responders are the real celebrants for this May Day celebration.
“I think it is important that we celebrate them and mention that their sacrifices and labour are recognised,” he said.