During the commissioning on Thursday, August 12, 2016, the Governor also said the upgrade of facilities at Ayinke House will be ready by 2017.

Vanguard reports that Ambode said the “approval had been granted for the rehabilitation, upgrade and bulk purchase of medical equipments required in 20 Secondary and 21 Primary health facilities across the State.”

The Governor also said “This Helipad being commissioned today is a life-saving asset and critical complement to the efficient functioning of this Unit and other emergency services being rendered by the State. The Helipad will also aid the movement of patients from remote areas where healthcare facilities to provide the level of emergency medicine required are not readily available.

“Over the years, we have witnessed emergency situations which require timely movement of victims to appropriate medical facilities. Keeping in mind that every minute matters in securing the lives of people involved in these incidents, the usual movement by road is not the best option in such situations. Helicopters have therefore become an efficient and reliable option which can only be made possible with the availability of helipads within the hospital environment.

“Given the status of LASUTH, as the State flagship tertiary health institution, offering referral services for other public and private medical institutions, it was obvious the helipad had to be located here.”

The Lagos State Government has also warned that it will confiscate houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

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