The Lagos State Government has unveiled plan to establish an International Infectious Disease Research Centre at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, as part of the administration’s preparedness to combat infectious diseases in post-pandemic era.
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated this at the official inauguration of 150-bed Mainland Infectious Disease Isolation Centre donated by Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to the state.
According to him, his administration will also erect a purpose-built doctors’ quarters and permanent isolation wards to ramp up capacity for any infectious disease outbreak as part of the global master plan for the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.
Sanwo-Olu, however, noted that beyond putting up isolation facility for COVID-19 case management, it is important for citizens to understand the need to take responsibility against the pandemic.
Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the facility has a fully contained PCR laboratory, a routine laboratory, a bouquet of administrative and ancillary facilities, a water treatment plant, a waste management system and three power generators for case management.