[wysija_form id=”1″]March 15, 2015 – The Lagos State Government has completed the first ultra-modern cardiac and renal centre at Gbagada, Lagos, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.
The Centre which is billed to be commissioned on Wednesday 18th of March, 2015 by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola is a 67-bed facility within the premises of the Gbagada General Hospital.
According to Idris, the idea behind building the centre stem from the need to stop the spate of medical trips abroad as well as build local capacity especially for ailments that should be treated locally but where expertise and facilities are not available to manage them.
“The facility is designed to handle heart and kidney related diseases and also offers out-patient services, diagnostic services, ultrasound, CT scan, Echo cardiography, Stress Electrocardiography, laboratory services, fluoroscopy, ocular investigation for complications from hypertension, diabetes and renal conditions, haemo-dialysis for acute and chronic kidney diseases with 24 dialysis machine.
The centre will in addition cater for all cardiac conditions that requires hospital stay, critical care in intensive care unit (ICU) and high dependency wards, cardiac catherization, non-invasive cardiology, open heart surgery, renal surgery, nursing and diabetic services, rehabilitation services and corporate wellness program”, Idris said.
Briefing newsmen over the weekend on the rationale behind the establishment of the centre, the commissioner noted that state government through the Ministry of Health considers it appropriate and timely to have a befitting cardiac and renal Centre due to the increasing number of patients with end stage renal failure and coronary heart diseases adding also that the lack of a purpose built renal specialist centre, the periodic nature of the cardiac and renal missions which has limited the number of beneficiaries and the need to conserve hard currencies for local use.
Idris noted that the cardiac and renal disease constitute a growing health burden globally stressing that the total number of cardiovascular and chronic kidney diseases deaths had increased globally to a worrisome state in the health sector especially in Lagos and Nigeria which require efforts of stakeholders in State health system to address.
The Commissioner added that the non-communicable disease burden prompted the State government to embark on the screening of people for hypertension and diabetes which are major contributor to the cardiac and renal ailment burden as part of the of its preventive and health promotion strategy.
He also noted that State government has over the years always earmark as part of its free health policy quite a huge chunk of its budget to sponsor people abroad on various medical problem that could not be treated in the country where the needed expertise and facilities are not available stressing that it is the copulation of these factors that prompted the State government to build the cardiac and renal centre.
Idris also opined that setting up of the facility was to defeat the ‘brain drain’ phenomenon stressing that over the years; quite a number of indigenous medical personnel have left the country for greener pastures due to lack of infrastructure and facilities they could exhibit their skills with.
The Commissioner explained that the cardiac and renal centre building project started in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Messr deux project Limited stressing that facility which was also equipped by the company will be managed privately through a five year operation and management concession by a suitably qualified competent consortium of medical professionals renewable for another five years term subject to satisfactory performance and mutual agreement of the parties wherein the proponent will provide all the health care services; clinical and non-clinical and total facilities management required for the value-engineering Renal and Cardiac Centre.
He noted that the need to get a competent consortium to run the facility prompted the state to opt for a public-private partnership agreement that brought in Renescor Health Limited Liability Partnership to run and manage the facility.
Idris listed training of local medical personnel especially the establishment of a state government sponsored foreign capacity building for medical personnel as part of the concession agreement.