Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday commissioned 118-bed Isolation and Treatment Center located within the premises of Gbagada General Hospital for management of Coronavirus, Covid-19 cases.
The three floor Isolation and Treatment facility have a dedicated intensive care isolation unit, ventilators, monitors, respirators, mobile x-ray, ultrasound, oxygen amongst other ultra-odern medical equipment.
Speaking at the unveiling, Sanwo-Olu said an existing facility within the Gbagada General Hospital complex which was not in use was converted to the 118-bed bio-security complaint Isolation and treatment facility after an extensive renovation and upgrade was carried out.
He added that the facility was revamped and converted to an Isolation and Treatment Centre in order to provide additional capacity to already existing isolation centres in the State.
He said, “We have had to do extensive builders work and renovation of this health facility and make it conform to a biosecurity isolation facility. We are indeed happy and excited at the level of work done by the contractor and the supervising Ministry.
“This facility as you know, used to be the Cardiac and Renal Centre but has not been used for sometimes now, so what we have been doing in the last two and a half month is to upscale the facility, finish up with the builders’ work and revamp the entire place to conform with an Isolation Centre.”
The Governor explained that the facility which is now designated for management of COVID19 cases has been demarcated into Green, Yellow and Red Zones in line with Infection Prevention and Control management.
“Green Zone will be for the health workers before they enter into the premises, Yellow Zone is holding Bay for suspected COVID19 cases who are on observation while the Red Zone is for the management of confirmed COVID19 cases”
“The facility has an Independent Power Supply and back up Power Generator for uninterrupted power supply. This facility, I must say is first class and of international standard and has all the trappings of clinical care Unit”
Sanwo-Olu who also used the occasion to celebrate frontline health workers and other allied professionals who are in the fore front of the COVID19 battle likened them to unsung heroes of the 2020 May Day celebration.
He said, “Today being May Day, we’ve had a celebration and our frontline health workers have been celebrated as the real heroes of 2020 May Day Celebration and everybody that is a health worker and frontline worker in public and private sectors are the ones we are celebrating today; all of the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, health attendants, psychosocial care givers, street sweepers, fire fighters, emergency responders are the real celebrants for this May Day celebration and I think it is important that we celebrate them and mention that their sacrifices and labour are recognized”
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that two other isolation facilities dedicated solely for frontline health workers who may come in contact with COVID19 have been completed and expected to go live today.
While noting that the State will continue to ramp up its bed capacity and increase its isolation bed spaces in both known and undisclosed Isolation facilities, the Governor said the State would always be ready to admit confirmed COVID19 cases and discharged them after successful management.
“Today as well, I encouraged and spoke with our health workers at various isolation centres undergoing treatment. They are all in very high spirits and I know as from tomorrow some of them would be discharged to reunite with their families”, Sanwo-Olu said