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Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Lanrelagboi: 3:58pm On Jun 22
LAGOS LAUNCHES FLOATING CLINIC BOAT FOR EMERGENCY, MEDICAL OUTREACH SERVICES

Lagos State Government has launched a ‘Floating Clinic Boat’; a Fiber Glass, Mono Hull Boat 200HP x 2 capacity, for inland waterways medical emergency and riverine communities medical outreach services as part of efforts to increase access to prompt, qualitative and efficient health care services on the waterways and riverine communities across Lagos.

The Floating Clinic Boat; a brain child of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is equipped with four medical observation beds, medium sterilization unit, o2 bottle, gauge, infusion stand, foldable stretcher and fully kitted first aid box.

The clinic boat which is compartmentalized into four sections including; the Wheel house (for captain and crew), observation room (for patients), Doctor’s office and Nurses station and reception has marine safety equipment including life jackets, fire bucket, life buoy, life rat fire extinguisher and navigational lights, as well as navigational equipment like garmin ecomap, compass, VHF radio accessories and siren.

Speaking at the unveiling and inspection of the boat clinic, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye explained that the idea behind the Floating Clinic was 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: “The Floating Clinic is mainly to deal with emergencies on the waterways and provide outreach services to riverine communities. This is part of the initiative 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 Floating Clinic will be deployed for the ongoing integrated measles and COVID vaccination campaign in riverine communities and water ways across Lagos State adding that it is part of a plan initiated by the present administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that emergency services in Lagos are ramped up to the point where response time are reduced.

In his words: “This is a strong partnership between LASWA and the Ministry of Health. LASWA has provided the boat, the crew and gas to run the boat, and the Ministry of Health will provide the human resources and medical consumables for health care provision. It is part of a plan that has is initiated by Mr. Governor to ensure that emergency services in Lagos are ramped up and we can respond very quickly to emergencies.

“This is the beginning of the initiative. There is definitely an intention to expand, scale up and integrate our ambulance services; our 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”.

The Permanent Secretary noted that there will be a minimum of two medical personnel on board the Floating Clinic at any one time who will run shifts adding that citizens in riverine communities can have access to the Floating clinic by dialing the Lagos State Emergency numbers.


“Once you contact the emergency numbers the clinic will be deployed. LASWA can also deploy the clinic during emergency response on the water ways. If there is a call about an emergency on the waterways, remote and riverine areas, the emergency process will be activated”, he said.

Speaking in the same vein, the General Manager, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel noted that the initiative will further add to the integrated emergency and rescue system being put in place by LASWA to ensure safety of commuters and wellbeing of citizens of riverine communities.

“As you know, for us at LASWA, we have been gradually building emergency and rescue efforts and gradually seeing how the safety on the water ways keeps improving year after year. This is just another initiative to further add to the integrated emergency and rescue system because what we are going to do is to have our own core emergency and response boat in our jetties along with the soon to be launched control room.

“If you noticed, I used the word integrated because apart from the floating clinic which will be attending to emergencies, we are going to have the core emergency team which will be made up of divers, boat captain and medics on the core rescue boat which LASWA will provide”, he said.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih stated that one of the core tasks of the Floating Clinic boat is medical outreach services to riverine communities to provide primary health care services including immunization, disease prevention and health promotion services to citizens.

“Most people have the impression that Lagos is a completely urban city, but for us we realize that Lagos has a lot of communities along the waterways which are not necessarily connected to the city. Mr. Governor recognizing this, directed that medical services be taken to these areas as part of the mandate to achieve universal health coverage. When this initiative was brought to his attention, this was one of the factors that led to the quick acquisition of the boat to bridge the identified gap in health access”, she explained


Signed

Tunbosun Ogunbanwo
Director, Public Affairs
22nd June, 2022

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by helinues: 3:59pm On Jun 22
Nice one

Slow but steady

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Sergio101(m): 3:59pm On Jun 22
Very very nice

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Fira09(m): 4:03pm On Jun 22
A Nice development from the Lagos officials, keep it on.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Totilopussylick(m): 4:03pm On Jun 22
Several Tinubu miscreants will soon applaud him for this wonderful achievement undecided

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by naijaguy1234(m): 4:14pm On Jun 22
First Lagos then others. We lead !

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by YorubaIsGreat(m): 4:20pm On Jun 22
Tinubu's Lagos
God bless Lagos state
God bless Yoruba land

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:38pm On Jun 22
Nice one.
Nice development.

From all of us @MANNABBQGRILLS :
GOD BLESS SANWO-OLU.

Lagos State : A country within a country.

The State of many Firsts.

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Nigeria.


We Rise.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by ArewaNightmare: 4:38pm On Jun 22
grin
Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by TheNiceGuy(m): 4:38pm On Jun 22
Without prejudice, Sanwoolu is the most proactive Governor among his peers.

He's working relentless and not being praised but insulted by people who are Govern by well packaged fraud kind of Leader out of HATE

CheapHomes1:


Tinubus Lagos? How is it Tinubus Lagos? Is there anything like that in the constitution?
Yes, Tinubu Lagos!

He's not referring to Enugu, it's Lagos. You shouldn't have problem with that

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by CheapHomes1: 4:39pm On Jun 22
YorubaIsGreat:
Tinubu's Lagos
God bless Lagos state
God bless Yoruba land

Tinubus Lagos? How is it Tinubus Lagos? Is there anything like that in the constitution?

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Jesuslvzme(m): 4:39pm On Jun 22
Only In Lagos

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by iscom(m): 4:39pm On Jun 22
Good one
Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Tayorshd2(m): 4:39pm On Jun 22
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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by RedChiefPriest: 4:39pm On Jun 22
Wow that's great!
I really love this..

Tell their governor to see me tonight,plenty palmwine and kolanuts dey for him.
We go con use iya Shakira pepper soup finish everything while my boy give us confirm gbedu.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Royalty83(m): 4:40pm On Jun 22
Totilopussylick:
Several Tinubu miscreants will soon applaud him for this wonderful achievement undecided

Show us Anambra own na

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Jesuschristus: 4:40pm On Jun 22
Peter obi should go and learn leadership from Lagos.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by espn(m): 4:41pm On Jun 22
Kikikikikiki children of hate...Lagos is overrated...

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by VillageHead: 4:41pm On Jun 22
Hope it will be accessible to the poor masses too?
Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by SecretReporter(f): 4:41pm On Jun 22
Ok
Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by olamieseun(m): 4:42pm On Jun 22
This one don show say Lagos lead,other state 4llow

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Mindlog: 4:42pm On Jun 22
A good development.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Whisk(m): 4:43pm On Jun 22
Wow!
That is a good one!

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by pacespot(m): 4:43pm On Jun 22
They will soon call this one Tinubu's achievement. More like every person in that state is working for Tinubu.

Lagos is a state where informal market and commercial businesses are dominant over every other sector, which allow the government to accrue money through taxes. That is why it can afford all the developmental projects.

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by miyagi01(m): 4:43pm On Jun 22
BAT2023

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Re: Lagos Launches Floating Clinic Boat For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services by Kelvin30286063(m): 4:44pm On Jun 22
As much as this is a brilliant idea considering the number of people that commit suicide on third mainland bridge everyday, I still think it's a little silly cos I drowning man cannot call an ambulance lol
But we can't throw away any good development in Nigeria cos we don't get many very often so well done to them.

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