Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, commissioned 20 Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and 26 Transport Ambulances. The governor said it was in fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to bringing quality healthcare service closer to the people particularly during emergency situations.
Speaking at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, Ambode said that the commissioning of the ambulances, which will be deployed free of charge for Lagosians, was part of his pledge to run a government that will 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 launching the free ambulance service as a demonstration to that pledge”, he said.
“I recall with much satisfaction, the great strides we have witnessed in the health section in the last 16 years; commencing from the foundational leaps of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the significant landmarks of Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN),” the Governor said.
He said that the government is commencing with 26 Transport Ambulances that would be stationed at the 26 General Hospitals within the state for easy access, adding that his administration has restructured the State Emergency Ambulance Services and increased the fleet of new Mobile Intensive Care Units by 20, bringing the total number to 33 units.
“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 launching 46 new ambulances today,” he said.
The Governor also revealed that he has given approval for the recruitment of more paramedic staff and special medical coordinators to ensure 24 hours service 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.
“Our Medical Directors have renewed their commitment to ensure that their services are available 24-7 to ensure a good linkage with the new ambulance services. Drugs are to be made available more effectively at all our General Hospitals than before”.
“All our General Hospitals will now have new mobile X-Ray machines to reduce the cost of patients doing X-Ray outside the hospitals. Equipment is on the way,” he said.