Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commissioned a 118-bed Isolation and Treatment Center located within the premises of Gbagada General Hospital for the management of COVID19 cases.
Speaking at the unveiling, Sanwo-Olu 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 was carried out.
He added that the facility was revamped and converted to an Isolation and Treatment Centre in order to provide additional capacity to already existing isolation centres in the State.
He said, “We have had to do extensive builders work and renovation of this health facility and make it conform to a biosecurity isolation facility. We are indeed happy and excited at the level of work done by the contractor and the supervising Ministry.
“This facility as you know used to be the Cardiac and Renal Centre but has not been used for sometimes now, so what we have been doing in the last two and a half month is to upscale the facility, finish up with the builders’ work and revamp the entire place to conform with an Isolation Centre.”
The Governor explained that the facility which is now designated for management of COVID19 cases has 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 COVID19 cases who are on observation while the Red Zone is for the management of confirmed COVID19 cases”
Within the three-floor Isolation and Treatment facility are dedicated intensive care isolation unit, ventilators, monitors, respirators, mobile x-ray, ultrasound, oxygen amongst other ultra-modern medical equipment.
Sanwo-Olu who also used the occasion to celebrate frontline health workers and other allied professionals who are in the forefront of the COVID19 battle likened them to unsung heroes of the 2020 May Day celebration.
He said, “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 and everybody that is a health worker and frontline worker in public and private sectors are the ones we are celebrating today; all of the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, health attendants, psychosocial caregivers, street sweepers, firefighters, emergency responders are the real celebrants for this May Day celebration and I think it is important that we celebrate them and mention that their sacrifices and labour are recognized”
The governor also disclosed that two other isolation facilities dedicated solely for frontline health workers who may come in contact with COVID19 have been completed and expected to go live today.