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Lagos Gets First State-owned Medical Helipad

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Posted: Aug 12, 2016 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Lagos – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State governor on Thursday launched Nigeria’s first state-owned helipad for medical emergencies at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
Ambode at the ceremony disclosed that the upgrading of the 247-bed hospital popularly called Ayinke House would be ready for use by June 2017.
He disclosed that approval had been granted for the rehabilitation, upgrade and bulk purchase of medical equipment required in 20 secondary and 21 primary health facilities across the state.
Ambode said, “This helipad being commissioned today is a life-saving asset and critical complement to the efficient functioning of this unit and other emergency services being rendered by the state.”
He maintained that since every minute matters in saving life, the usual movement by road was not the best option in such situations; hence, helicopters had become an efficient and reliable option, which could only be made possible with the availability of helipads within the hospital environment.
“Given the status of LASUTH, as the state’s flagship tertiary health institution, offering referral services for other public and private medical institutions, it was obvious the helipad had to be located here,” the governor said.