Lagos State Governor commissions first state-owned emergency helicopter service

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode commissions first state-owned emergency helicopter service in Nigeria on August 11, 2016. (LIB
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By Jola Sotubo – Pulse

Ambode commissioned the project, meant for use in medical emergencies, on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has commissioned the first state-owned emergency helicopter service in Nigeria.
Ambode commissioned the project, meant for use in medical emergencies, on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja.

“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.”

Ambode also said that the maternity ward of the hospital, popularly called Ayinke House, would be ready for use by 2017.