6 May 2016
As part of efforts to improve health care system in Nigeria, the Lagos State government is planning to construct a medical park in Lagos.
Confirmed from the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris, this is a move aimed at a furthering the delivery of health care services, improving the state facilities and discouraging citizens from travelling to other countries for medical attention.
After the weekly State Executive Council Meeting, he also added that the project is in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to improving healthcare experience, promote medical tourism and excellent healthcare services.
The medical park would be sited at the former School of Nursing site, spanning over two hectares expanse of land on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
“The ultimate goal is that we as a government believe that health is wealth and there is no amount of investment in the healthcare sector that can be too much for the people of this state because the progress of the state is important to us,” the commissioner said.
He stated that the contract was awarded to MEDIPARK International Limited Consortium.
The commissioner said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that after the receipt of a Certificate of Compliance from the State Public Procurement Agency and a final presentation today to the Executive Council of Lagos State, approval has been given to MEDIPARK International Limited Consortium which comprises of MEDIPARK International Limited, Cleveland Clinics Ohio USA, St. Barnabas Healthcare System New Jersey and American Hospital Management Company Washington DC to be the developer to construct, manage and operate a medical park”.
The Commissioner also explained that the Lagos State government was not putting any money on the project, as it was purely a Public-Private Partnership, but that it is providing the land, which is the old Nursing School in Ikoyi, measuring two acres of land.
Idris, who was with the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde and Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, said the project would be completed in 2 years.