Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday agreed to probe why equipment at the ₦7 billion cardio-renal centres in Gbagada General Hospital were abandoned.
It followed a report read by the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Akeem Sokunle, who said members of his committee had embarked on a tour to ascertain health facilities across the state.
“We observed that there is a shortage of manpower, non-functioning ambulances, insecurity, unequipped laboratories and more importantly, abandonment of multi-billion naira cardio-renal facility,” he said.
According to him, most of the equipment in the hospital was not working. “I got a report that the cardio-renal machines only worked for two weeks before the facility was locked up. Also, most of the sensitive equipment is obsolete,” Sokunle said.
On his part, House Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), said if the equipment of such magnitude is cited in the state, it was for a purpose.
He, therefore, moved that the suppliers of the equipment be invited for questioning and that the investigation must attract public participation.
The lawmakers resolved that the House should give the committee the power to invite the Ministry of Health to appear before the committee to give clarification on issues bothering on the ₦7 billion cardio-renal equipment facility in Gbagada General Hospital.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to write a letter to the Ministry of Health and invite necessary stakeholders on the issue.
However, it was reported that Lagos State Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada, a multi-billion naira health facility, is presumed to be one of the signature legacies of the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, neglected by his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
But unlike others, the abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians and Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.