The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has commissioned a first of its kind Holding Bay / High Care donated by Honorable Idowu Osuolale Obasa, Chairman of The Winners Golden Chance Ventures Limited to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
In her speech, the First Lady who represented the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu showered accolades on the initiative and appreciated the benevolence of Hon. Idowu Osuolale Obasa, who is the chairman of the company. She said, the need to have this Holding Bay situated in LASUTH with the Intensive Care Units (ICU), and high tech equipment to manage COVID cases and other highly infectious diseases cannot be over emphasized as the State “still remains the epic center of the pandemic.”
According to her, the move corroborates the effort of the Lagos State Government (LASG) to flatten the curve “and we are very much grateful that most people have recovered as we remember those who lost their lives.” She went on to acknowledge the bravery and dedication of frontline workers who braced themselves despite the odds to deliver quality healthcare services to the people of the State. Mrs. Sanwo-Olu advised Lagosians and Nigerians at large to keep safe at all times by wearing their masks, washing hands regularly and sanitize their hands.
The Commissioner for Health Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi in his speech reinforced the warning that COVID -19 hasn’t been eradicated but has largely been kept in check.
He pointed out that the flattened curve was achieved with the help of adequate preparation by LASG even before the onset of the first case in the country. He acknowledged the effort of the Board of LASUTH in ensuring that his suggestion on equipping the holding bay such that it can handle complex cases was taken up.
In this remark, the Board Chairman of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Richardson Ajayi, during his address expressed optimism that the bay will be utilized optimally to take proper care of COVID-19 and suspected and manage critical-confirmed cases. He further admonished the Nigerian populace to stay weary of COVID-19 and adhere to all precautions.
The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo expressed his joy at the commissioning of the holding bay. He pronounced it an epoch making event which has taken service delivery in LASUTH a notch higher. In explaining the concept of the bay, Prof. Fabamwo pointed out that as a fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic, “we had a little difficulty finding space to keep suspected cases until their test results were out.
Therefore when the proposal came, we excitedly latched onto the plan, frantically sought expert opinion from the office of the Commissioner for Health and here we are today with the completed project.” He noted that the 20-bed bay has four ICU’s with high-tech medical equipment and personnel that will provide the high care services.
The CMD also recognized the sponsors on the Honors Roll, who gave heavily to the hospital at the peak of the pandemic. They are; The Winners Golden Chance Ventures Limited, major sponsor of the holding bay; Ladipo Motosho Cole Family, Young President’s Organization (YPO), Lagos Chapter; and PayCom Nigerian Limited in collaboration with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
In his response, Honorable Osuolale Obasa, appreciated the LASG and the management of LASUTH for bringing his vision to life. He noted that the donation was a Corporate Social Responsibility move by his company to bring joy to the people “but unfortunately the effect of the pandemic hit the world in a very bad way, but we just have to move on and make the most of it and that is what we are trying to achieve in our company.” To the excitement of all, he revealed that earnest plans would be set in motion to build an oncology ward for the hospital.
The Management of LASUTH, Heads of Departments, members of COVID-19 Response Team in LASUTH, members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWSLO), representatives of the donors graced the commissioning.