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Monday, 31 August 2015

Change: Lagos inaugurates 20 mobile clinics, 26 ambulances


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has inaugurated 20 Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances and 26 transport ambulances.
Inaugurating the facilities in Lagos on Monday, Ambode explained that the move was in fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to bringing quality health care service closer to the people, particularly during emergency situations.

The governor, who spoke at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, said the inauguration of the ambulances, which will be deployed free of charge for Lagosians, was part of his pledge to run a government that would leave no one behind.
“In my inaugural address, I pledged my total commitment to run a government that will leave no one behind; a government that will implement programmes that make life simpler, easier and happier for our people. Today we are inaugurating the free ambulance service as a demonstration of that pledge,” he said.
Ambode added that the acquisition of the new ambulances was also in consonance with his administration’s mantra to run a government of continuity with improvement.
“I recall with much satisfaction the great strides we have witnessed in the health sector in the last 16 years; commencing from the foundational leaps of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to the significant landmarks of Babatunde Fashola (SAN),” the governor said.
He explained that the government was commencing with 26 transport ambulances that would be stationed at the 26 General Hospitals within the state for easy access, adding that his administration had restructured the State Emergency Ambulance Services and increased the fleet of new MICU by 20, bringing the total number to 33 units.
Ambode noted that the feat would widen the coverage of their services beyond the metropolis to the hinterland within the state.
“We have restructured the State Emergency Ambulance Services and increased the fleet of new Mobile Intensive Care Units by 20, bringing the total number to 33 MICUs. This will widen the coverage of our services beyond the metropolis to the hinterland within the state. In total, we are inaugurating 46 new ambulances today,” he said.
The governor stressed that he had given approval for the recruitment of more paramedic staff and special medical coordinators to ensure 24-hour services to the citizens.
He also restated his commitment to upgrade the General Hospitals within the state and embark on the construction of a Medical Park.
(Punch)

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