By Chioma Obinna & Oluchi Muogbo
There are no plans by the Lagos State Government to demolish Ayinke House at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris who declared this last week however asserted that the facility, designated mainly for women and children is slated for upgrading to provide necessary services expected of such tertiary institution.
In a chat , Idris declared as mere speculation that the state government was planning to demolish the hospital, rather logistics were on concerning the planned refurbishment.
He said the planned refurbishment is part of the Stateâ€™s policies to renew infrastructures in most of its health institutions.
â€œI donâ€™t rely on rumour. Yes, there is a plan to refurbish Ayinke House not to demolish it. We have not found any contractor or signed agreement to demolish the place. We are still working out logistics on how best to do it without distorting services by the hospital.â€
He explained that before Ayinke House could be shut down, a place would have been created for access to the health care services to avoid creating a vacuum. â€œBefore we do that we must have completed two or three of the six maternal and child hospitals under construction. Already, the workers at Ayinke House have chosen Isolo and Ifako Ijaiye hospitals.
â€œThe kind of medical services being provided in the hospital now is totally inadequate for the status of the place. More better services are expected of as institution like Ayinke House and the place is inadequate for it. So the only way out is to either refurbish or demolish the place. Again, we have the design, we know what we want to do but we cannot take a decision now until we create an avenue for people who normally use the place to go to.â€
Already a committee comprising workers from Ayinke House, Isolo and Ifako Ijaiye hospitals have been set up to work out the logistics of movement.
Stating that similar activity was going on in other state government-owned hospitals, Idris recalled that Ayinke House was built by a philanthropist and that there is nothing wrong if the government decided to modernise medical services there.
He said the Ikorodu, Isolo, and Ifako Ijaiye maternal and child hospitals are ready with equipment being installed. â€œWe are starting training the staff to work there. The Cardiac and Renal Centre and Truama and Burn Centre in Ikeja are about 40 per cent completion, and the Accident and Emergency centre at toll gate is about 18 per cent completions and construction works are going on in all sites.â€