In a proactive move to oversee the progress of various medical infrastructure projects in Lagos State, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, conducted an inspection visit yesterday to the construction site of the130-bed new Massey Street Children’s Hospital on Lagos Island.

Prof. Abayomi expressed Lagos State’s unwavering commitment to prioritizing infant healthcare during the inspection visit. He underscored the importance of maternal and child welfare, highlighting the state’s proactive approach to ensuring the health of pregnant women and fostering a robust healthcare system from conception to delivery.

Addressing the need for a modern healthcare facility, the Commissioner acknowledged the challenges associated with accessing the currently congested Massey Street Children’s Hospital. The upcoming New Massey Street Children’s Hospital, a 130-bed multi-floor specialist facility for pediatrics, is strategically designed to overcome these challenges and carry forward the legacy of Massey Street as a global healthcare institution.

Standing on the third floor of the hospital in progress, Prof. Abayomi revealed plans for a multi-level car park with a capacity for 310 vehicles, addressing the premium on parking in the heart of Lagos. Poised to become Nigeria’s largest children’s specialist hospital, the New Massey Street Children’s Hospital will offer comprehensive pediatric care, ranging from primary healthcare to specialized treatments.

Describing the project as a greenfield initiative, the Commissioner acknowledged the challenges faced in preparing the unused land for construction, including the excavation of decades-old waste. Despite initial hurdles, the commitment to sustainability led to the decision to make the hospital a low carbon footprint, green building.

Prof. Abayomi elaborated on the hospital’s design intricacies, incorporating sustainable features such as solar energy, waste management, and optimal orientation to natural elements. The New Massey Street Children’s Hospital is presently undergoing accreditation processes for LEED and EDGE certifications, further validating its dedication to environmentally friendly practices.

Providing insights into the construction progress, the Commissioner emphasized meticulous quality control measures. He highlighted extensive testing procedures for materials, including concrete and steel columns, ensuring the integrity and durability of the structure. Prof. Abayomi reiterated the Governor’s commitment to building benchmark facilities with a focus on long-term sustainability.

Anticipating completion by the end of 2025, the New Massey Street Children’s Hospital aims to be a pediatric centre of excellence, offering specialized care for various disciplines in pediatric medicine. The surrounding area is earmarked for biotech facilities to support innovative approaches to pediatric healthcare.

With 657 piles anchoring the main hospital and the multi-level car park, the Commissioner underscored the thoroughness of the construction process. The New Massey Street Children’s Hospital aligns with the broader initiative by the Lagos State Government to enhance healthcare infrastructure, attract medical professionals back to Nigeria, and position Lagos as a top destination for medical tourism.

Prof. Abayomi concluded by emphasizing the government’s commitment to universal healthcare coverage through initiatives like the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme. The goal is to discourage medical professionals from seeking opportunities abroad and instead contribute to the development of a robust healthcare system within Lagos, ultimately making the city a leader in healthcare services on the continent by 2052.