The Lagos State Government through the Office of Public Private Partnership in conjunction with the Ministry of Health has concluded plans for the commencement of construction of the proposed Medical Park in the state.
The multi-billion-naira Medical Park is a novel and first-of-its-kind comprehensive health infrastructure in Nigeria aimed to significantly increase access of residents to qualitative healthcare services as well as stem foreign medical tourism.
The Medical Park will be sited on 2.175 hectares of land along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. The parcel of land, which formerly housed the School of Nursing, will be developed into an ultra-modern medical centre of excellence with hi-tech state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.
Speaking on the project, the Director–General, Office of Public Private Partnership, Mr. Ope George, said the Medical Park complex will comprise 120-150 bed spaces and will provide services that are targeted towards specific needs.
In addition, the medical complex would be resourced by a full complement of highly qualified medical and health professionals, providing a full spectrum of high-quality healthcare, specialist medical and diagnostic services, all available under one roof.
George disclosed that among the services that Lagosians would enjoy when the medical infrastructure becomes functional are Outpatient/Inpatient Clinics, Diagnostic Services, Pediatrics and Neonatology, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Neurology, Cardiology, Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Orthopedics and Traumatology.
The Director – General further stated that cost for the Medical Park would be borne by the private sector concessionaire that won the bid for the project, noting that the gigantic project has again underscored the numerous gains of Public Private Partnership model in bridging the infrastructure deficit in the heath sector.
‘‘With the Medical Park, Lagosians and indeed Nigerians would no longer need to travel overseas for medical treatment. Rather, the project will attract medical tourists to Lagos thereby saving the country huge capital flight. Tens of jobs will also be created during and after the project. Government’s revenue will also improve. So, it is a win-win for everyone,’’ George declared.
The establishment of the Medical Park and other health facilities in the State is in fulfillment of the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to provide adequate and qualitative medicare for Lagosians, and Nigerians in general.