Vice President Yemi Osinbajo praised Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team on Thursday for flattening the curve and containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country’s commercial capital.
On Thursday, Osinbajo praised Sanwo-Olu for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, speaking virtually at the official unveiling of Evercare Hospital, a tertiary health centre in Lekki, Lagos.
“I want to commend you, Mr. Governor and your team on your handling of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. Thanks for showing to the world what strong knowledgeable leadership can deliver even with the wave of an unprecedented global adversity. You have done very well,” he said.
According to the Vice President, serious investment in the health sector will reverse the trend of outbound medical tourism and begin to attract not only medical tourists from neighboring regions, but also medical tourists from developed countries to seek first-class healthcare in Nigeria.
Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke at the event, reiterating his administration’s commitment to improving healthcare infrastructure and making services more affordable and accessible to Lagos State residents.
He mentioned that his administration is collaborating with the private sector to reduce medical tourism and brain drain in the health sector by providing facilities and retraining staff.
The Governor revealed that his administration invested billions of naira last year on health equipment procurement, adding that the equipment is on its way and will supplement what the country already has in public health facilities when it arrives.
He said: “For us as a government, we have raised our strength on health, especially our capital expenditure on health. We are currently renovating a world class, six of our general hospitals. We are currently building two new general hospitals. We are building a children hospital. We are building an international research centre. All these are meant to complement what we have currently.
“We will also scale up tertiary health centre, Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). We will be discussing with you in the next coming months what we want to turn LASUTH to. All of these are to make healthcare accessible and affordable.
“We are trying to stop medical tourism; people traveling several thousand kilometres to go and secure or get health treatment. With good facilities, we will bring down the total cost of healthcare and provide quality health care.”