COVID-19: Lagos to Upgrade Healthcare Infrastructure


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Lagos state government has committed to upgrading and building a robust healthcare infrastructure that is fit-for-design and meets best international standards. The state's Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this at a recent media forum where he discussed the strategies in place to effectively mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic risks.


Lagos state is the epicenter of coronavirus infections in Nigeria accounting for over 70% of the over 100,000 confirmed cases in the country.


Giving an update on the approach that has been taken by the state's Ministry of Health, the Commissioner said there was an elaborate plan of monitoring and surveillance to ensure that Lagos with an estimated population of over 20m people, averts full-blown spread of the virus.


He said the state would continue to use non-pharmaceutical interventions and expand its contact-tracing activities across the state.


Prof. Akin Abayomi also noted that it will take the cooperation of the citizens in Lagos to achieve success in curbing the second wave of the virus.


The epidemiologist said there have been remarkable efforts in strengthening of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, which was captured in the "Lagos Rapid Response" initiative that saw an increase in COVID-19 testing with private laboratories.


He informed stakeholders that Lagos state was exploring broad-based medical reform that would reposition its healthcare service to take better care of citizens.


Lagos state according to Abayomi was embarking on investments in healthcare research to support service delivery quality.


In 2021 the state was allocating N106bn to the Health Sector, while in 2020 the budget allocation to healthcare was N97.26bn. The budget was to cater for the construction, refurbishment, and equipping of healthcare facilities statewide.

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