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 of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, explained that the 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 that the floating clinic would be deployed for the ongoing integrated measles and COVID vaccination campaign in riverine communities and waterways across Lagos State, adding that it is part of a plan initiated by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that emergency services are ramped up to the point where response time is reduced.
Also, General Manager, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, noted that the initiative would further add to the integrated emergency and rescue system put in place by LASWA to ensure the safety of commuters and the 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 waterways keeps improving year after year. This is just another initiative to further add to the integrated emergency and rescue system.
“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.
Ogboye further added that the boat clinic will be deployed for the ongoing integrated measles and COVID-19 vaccination campaign in riverine communities across the state..