• Announces Plans for Establishment of University of Health, Medical Sciences
  • University to Churn out 1,500 Health Personnel Annually

On Tuesday January 2, 2024, Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State ceremoniously inaugurated the impressive Femi Gbajabiamila General Hospital situated on Iyun Road, adjacent to Funsho Williams Avenue in Surulere.

This project, graciously facilitated by Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, has now been entrusted to the Lagos State Government for comprehensive management.

During the Official Commissioning and handover ceremony of the state-of-the-art Multi-floor 80-Bed General Hospital, Governor Sanwo-Olu was joined by esteemed dignitaries, including the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Kemi Ogunyemi; Chairman Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga; and the Medical Director of Randle General Hospital, Surulere, Dr. Olumide Sojirin, among other members of the One Health Family.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, while unveiling the facility, highlighted its role as a significant addition to secondary healthcare services in Lagos State. He praised Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila’s vision, stating that the hospital’s establishment aligned with the administration’s THEMES agenda focused on Health and Environment, showcasing a pivotal governance milestone.

Further emphasizing his administration commitment to healthcare, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced plans for the establishment of the Lagos State Medical University in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National University Commission.

The Governor said the approval process was already underway and being fine-tuned with the National Universities Commission (NUC). The medical institution, he said, would churn out 1,500 personnel yearly to enhance capacity in medical services, signaling a crucial step towards meeting the growing healthcare demands of the populace.

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila expressed gratitude to Governor Sanwo-Olu for his support in realizing this vital project, emphasizing the immense benefits it would offer the people, especially during public health emergencies.

Professor Akin Abayomi elucidated on the hospital’s features, detailing its 60-bed, four-floor structure sprawled across 5,000 square meters. He highlighted the incorporation of state-of-the-art medical amenities, including radiology, a spacious laboratory, pediatric, physiotherapy, surgical, and X-ray facilities. Additionally, the facility boasts a robust power backup system, ensuring uninterrupted services with a 300 kVA generator supplemented by a 100 kVA solar generator.Assuring efficient utilization of the hospital, Abayomi pledged a dedicated focus on utilizing the facility for the betterment of the community.

Speaking on the planned establishment of the University by Lagos State Governor, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa said the university’s creation is part of a strategic plan crafted by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government to significantly bolster the production of healthcare professionals throughout the year.

He explained that the University will function by integrating all general hospitals in the state as teaching hospitals, following international models practiced in the UK and the US. This move is set to notably expand the annual intake of students.

“With aims to enroll between 2,000 and 2,500 medical students, along with 3,500 nurses, physiotherapists, biomedical engineers, and allied healthcare professionals, the University has set ambitious enrollment targets, with plans to further increase intake over the next five years,” he said.

While noting that the initiative seeks to counter the issue of medical migration, positioning Lagos State as a model for others to follow, the Minister disclosed that the Federal Government aims to replicate this successful model across all states and the Federal Capital Territory. “This strategic expansion intends to tackle the challenge of brain drain in the healthcare sector by enhancing the production of medical staff and allied professionals nationwide”, he averred.

This significant achievement stands as a pivotal addition to the state’s healthcare infrastructure, promising improved medical services and care for the residents of Lagos.

The event witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including Deputy Governor Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, Sen. Wasiu Sanni Eshilokun, Minister of State for Health Dr. Tunji Alausa, and other key figures from the health and governance sectors.