The Lagos State Government has launched a ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ for swift medical interventions along inland waterways and riverine communities as part of efforts to enhance access to prompt, qualitative and efficient healthcare services across Lagos.
Unveiling the floating clinic after inspection, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, explained that innovation was introduced to help provide first aid, medical emergency care and basic healthcare services at accident scenes on the inland waterways and riverine communities in Lagos State.
He said: “This is part of initiatives by the Ministry of Health to ensure that we extend our medical and ambulance service to the waterways, remote riverine communities and areas that can only be accessed by water. “
This is also an example of partnership between different agencies of government; the boat actually belongs to LASWA but will be operated by the Ministry of Health”.
Ogboye disclosed that the boat clinic will be deployed for the ongoing integrated measles and COVID vaccination campaign in riverine communities across Lagos State, pointing out that it is a plan initiated by the Sanwo-Olu administration to ensure that emergency services in Lagos are ramped up to improve response time.
Declaring that this is just the beginning of innovative ideas, the Permanent Secretary said there is a deliberate focus to expand, scale up and integrate ambulance services such as ambulance boats, mobile intensive care units and transport ambulances.
“It is something that we have planned. That is certainly why we are starting with one boat and we are going to expand. It is a sustainable idea, we already run ambulance services, we are only expanding to include the waterways and we have the human resources to run it,” Ogboye added.
According to him, residents in riverine communities can access the services of the floating clinic through the Lagos State Emergency Services numbers, saying “Once you contact the emergency numbers, the clinic will be deployed.
“ LASWA can also deploy the clinic during…