By Nimot Adetola Sulaimon
Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu on Monday commissioned a Permanent Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centre at Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
PM NEWS notes that the facility is to provide swift emergency oxygen therapy to residents of the area who require it.
The facility which will double as a COVID19 sample collection centre is located within the premises of the Eti-Osa Maternal and Child Care Centre.
It is one of 10 others strategically located in 10 local government areas of the State with a high burden of COVID19 cases.
Speaking during the official launch of the facility, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the need to better manage severe-to-critical COVID19 cases spurred the State government to build and deploy the oxygen therapy centres in 10 high burden local government areas.
“One of the strategies adopted in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 infection is the provision of the COVID-19 Permanent Sample Collection Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centre in 10 local government areas across Lagos to support patients with oxygen before they are transferred to care centres”
The Governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the project which was handled by super-fast project management is inevitable to prepare against the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Furthermore, he stated that the facility could not have come at a better time than now. Since Lagos is recording an increase in the number of people presenting with difficulty in breathing and requiring urgent oxygen therapy.
Sanwo-Olu noted that with the construction and decentralization of the Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centres, citizens requiring oxygen therapy would not have to travel a distance to Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital to access care.
He stressed that patients requiring oxygen treatment in Eti-Osa can walk to the centre for treatment and care.
The Governor explained further that the facility which is a permanent facility will be an addition to the existing infrastructure in the hospital stressing that the facility after the pandemic can be used for other medical purposes.
He said other Permanent Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centre located in Alimosho, Isolo, Surulere, Gbagada, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ibeju-Lekki, Apapa, Mushin and Amuwo-Odofin areas of the State are almost completed and would be activated in two weeks.