Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Saturday told Nigerian doctors to stay back in the country to practice medicine. The Governor stated this when he opened a medical facility in Badagry.
He said the state is working assiduously to ensure that adequate facilities are provided so that doctors can practise here and save the lives of their people.
The projects inaugurated include a 110-bed Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC), School of Anaesthesiology in Badagry General Hospital and 252 units of two bedroom housing project in Idale; all completed and delivered in the ancient town by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of their entourage were warmly received by the residents and traditional rulers, led by the Akran of Badagry.
The Governor also flagged off the construction of the 5.5 kilometre-long Hospital Road being rehabilitated to create easy access to the Badagry General Hospital and the new housing estate in the town.
According to the Governor, the projects were part of his administration's efforts to bring development in Badagry at par with other areas of the State.
Meanwhile, a completed four-floor MCC is already being operated. Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had thus expanded healthcare infrastructure and improved access to quality health services in the town.
“Today's commissioning activities are in fulfillment of part of the promises we gave our citizens in Badagry and I am delighted to be inaugurating three key projects that will enhance standards of living and boost development of human capital, particularly the 110-bed MCC we have completed in this part of Lagos.
"This is just a testimony to our assurance to the people and our commitment to deliver quality projects that will turn around the lives of our citizens. Not only the MCC we are handing over for public use today has an emergency service, it also caters for obstetrics and gynecology. There are also laboratory, radiology, paediatrics and immunisation departments.”
On the rehabilitation and expansion of the School of Anaesthesiology in the Badagry General Hospital, the governor said it was aimed at increasing the number of trained professionals in the field. He said such pivotal projects were being replicated in other locations across Lagos.
With these, he said the people of Badagry and the adjoining communities now have increased access to quality and safe healthcare, and reduction. This, he said will bring about complete eradication of maternal and infant mortality, as well as general improvement in all maternal, and child health indices in the local government.
"All these benefits will in turn have a positive ripple effect on the development and socio-economic indices of Badagry," Sanwo-Olu.