Lagos Moves to Upgrade LASUTH, As House Committee Visit Hospital for Assessment
The Chairman Lagos State House Committee on Health, Hon. Hakeem Olushola Shokunle and his team, have paid a working visit to the Management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
The move was in line with plans by the State to upgrade the General Hospital and enable it to raise capacity for improved medical care services to residents.
Hon. Shokunle explained that the aim of the visit was to discuss ideas for facilitating the proposed upgrade of some General Hospitals in Lagos State. It has been recognized that the pressure on LASUTH is enormous and the proposed move was expected to reduce it.
While welcoming the team from the House Committee on Health, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo provided insights on necessary requirements for upgrading General Hospitals into Teaching Hospitals.
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He explained that upgrading a general hospital into a teaching hospital will require that a medical school is attached to it. He also spoke further on the attrition rate of medical personnel as one of the key areas to look into while considering the idea because it is important to put into consideration a plan for the human resource aspect.
He suggested a strengthening of the referral system which was once in place, as one sure way of improving quality healthcare amongst all the tiers of hospitals in Lagos. He opined that if the referral system functions properly, patients would access healthcare faster rather than moving from hospital to hospital in search of space for admission.
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The CMD added that General Hospitals can be upgraded into State Specialist Medical Centres with a tertiary status and the focus would be on one or two specific areas of specialization.
Hon. Shokunle appreciated the CMD and his team for an illuminating interaction, he promised to consider all the ideas discussed.