LASG reorganizes healthcare facilities to boost medical tourism – Abayomi

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The Lagos State Government ensured that state-owned healthcare facilities would be redesigned and positioned for proper healthcare delivery as well as boosting medical tourism.

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Teacher. Akin Abayomi, Lagos state health commissioner, made the disclosure during the 18th AKWAABA The Africa Travel and Tourism Marketplace was held in Lagos.

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Abayomi, who spoke on the theme: “Medical Tourism and Lagos: How Lagos is positioning itself for medical tourism”, said that the process of revamping health facilities would be done within five years.

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“Our buildings are not properly designed for the delivery of quality health care.

Our hospitals are like little waiting rooms and we all know we are in the age of climate change.

“Good medical facilities are designed to reduce the spread of infectious disease, so all of our designs will now have a significantly low carbon footprint of at least 50%.

“We are redesigning our facilities to follow the climate change agenda to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and rely more on designs to cool the building and increase light in the building.

“It’s so that we don’t need as much electricity and to reduce carbon consumption by 50%.

“And that’s consistent with the state and federal government’s goal to reduce our carbon emissions.

All medical facilities in Lagos will now be designed and built with a 50% deeper carbon footprint.

“This redesign process will boost medical tourism.

“In the long term, people will also be attracted to visit Nigeria for medical tourism purposes.

Also, our departing medical staff will eventually return when they observe some level of improvement in the sector,” he said.

Abayomi noted that the Ojo General Hospital and the new Massey Children’s Hospital in Adeniji Adele on Lagos Island would be completed in 12 to 18 months.

According to him, the Lagos Cardio-Renal Center in Gbagada is one of the facilities to be revamped as it will become the hub for the treatment of cardio-renal diseases, such as kidney and heart transplantation.

“Additionally, we have learned from our experience during the COVID-19 pandemic that we need medical facilities that can be quickly repositioned for alternate functions, to be quickly converted into isolation facilities.

“Our new design will see lots of perforations on the wall to give rooms ample ventilation.

“The roof will be equipped with solar panels, the waiting rooms will be located outside but covered so that there is very little chance of one patient infecting the other,” he said.

According to him, the Lagos State government had also planned to address the brain drain problem and accelerate brain gain through the establishment of a psychiatric hospital and rehabilitation center in Ketu, Ejirin.

“We have acquired 15 hectares of land to build a 500-bed mental hospital and a 100-bed rehabilitation center and construction has begun,” he said.

The commissioner noted that to further position the state’s health care centers for medical tourism, the state is also installing high-speed fiber optic cables throughout the state, targeting strategic hospital infrastructure and clinics.

He noted that the main health issues that allow people to travel outside the country for medical treatment have been seen in orthopedics, cardiology and urology.

“Lagos State is trying to address why Nigerians are traveling abroad for medical care, we have devised a strategy to reverse this trend through the ‘Ship’ platform.

“Ship stands for Smart Health Iinnovation Platform,” he said.

Also, Mr. Isa Usmandirector of the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council, Abuja Network, said that to boost medical tourism in Africa, sustainable in- and inside-hostel medical tourism must be developed across Africa.

Usman said African governments must also thrive to create an enabling environment for health service providers.

“As Africans, we need to take seriously the issue of medical negligence, malpractice, medication errors and healthcare fraud,” he said.

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