The Lagos State Government has received the donation of eight new customized state-of-the-art Mobile Intensive Care Unit, MICU, Ambulances and a well-equipped Mobile Clinic Truck.
This is courtesy of two donor partners, an international financing and partnership organization, Global Fund and a Mobile Communication company in Nigeria.
Speaking while receiving the donation of the Ambulances and Mobile Clinic Truck at Alausa, Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said the equipment would be used for improvement of emergency medical services and provision primary healthcare outreach services in Lagos communities.
Professor Abayomi noted that the State government has continued to enjoy support from its development partners, donor agencies, philanthropic organisations and well-meaning individuals who at various times donated items, resources and offered expertise in the State government’s drive to provide efficient, accessible and equitable health services to the citizenry.
“We have been embarking on strengthening our medical emergency unit called the Lagos State Ambulance Service. LASAMBUS was extremely busy during COVID; picking up people who are in respiratory distress and bringing them to our care centres where we could resuscitate them with oxygen and keep them alive.
“Our fatalities in Lagos were extremely low compared to the rest of the world. Not that we didn’t have breathless people, we did, but we were able to rescue a lot of them. Thanks to these kinds of donations that we’ve received from our partners, friends and philanthropic agencies, we were able not allow COVID to overwhelm us, in other words, never at any point did we have more sick people than our system could manage.
He commended Global Fund and the telecommunication company for the donations adding that the noble gestures of the two organisations will further help strengthen the State healthcare delivery system and improve emergency and public health response in Lagos State.
The Health Commissioner explained that the eight ambulances which will be added to the fleet of ambulances in the State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, will go a long way in expanding the coverage area of LASAMBUS, and bring primary health care services closer to the door steps of citizens.