OrderPaperToday- One year after its commissioning with much fanfare, the multi-million naira Lagos State Cardiac and Renal Centre in the premises of Gbagada General Hospital, has remained non functional.

This revelation came to light when the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services paid a visit to the facility.

Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Segun Olulade expressed deep shock at the state of affairs describing it as “joking with the life of Lagosians.”

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Accordingly, the Committee has vowed to investigate the matter because with the amount of money spent on the Centre, “we can’t fold our arms and not look into why the equipment here are not working.

He said: “I was on a television station few days ago and I was bragging about this place; telling the presenters that it is the only one in Nigeria and that it is the best in Africa, but I never knew that nothing is happening here.

“We are talking about lives here and we can’t joke with lives of Lagosians. Tax payers’ money was used in building that place and the money cannot be allowed to go down the drain just like that.

“But I can assure you that we will summon every stakeholder that is linked to this project, especially, Deux Project Limited to come and tell us why the major equipment in this place does not work. We must get to the root of this matter.”

The committee was told that some of the equipment installed in the centre had never functioned for one day.

Head of the Centre, Prof. Babatunde Green revealed that the Catheterization Laboratory (Cathlab) machine, which was said to have cost about $1.5 million, is non-functional.

Catheterization laboratory is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart, and treat any abnormality found.

Green said that other non- functioning equipment in the Center include: a theatre unit with two theatre suites with laminar flow air-control; central sterilization and supply unit; four bed recovery room echo lab; stress lab; 24 dialysis machines; pharmacy; laboratories; ophthalmology clinic for eye screening; physiotherapy/rehabilitation unit.

He also told the Committee that the development has caused brain- drain in the Center as consultants, professionals and doctors employed by the Centre are forced to leave due to redundancy and lack of patients.

He added that the building housing the facilities is already suffering from several defects, such as cracks in the walls, electrical defects, elevator defect, among other issues.

He told the committee further: “Apart from the fact that the elevators are not working, they don’t have ventilation and this is dangerous to the patients because if you are taking a patient in that kind of lift, the patient could suffocate before you get to the theatre.

“Even in the operating rooms, there are no cooling systems. The machine in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory which cost about $1.5 million has never worked from day one that it was installed.

“We have tried everything humanly possible to ensure that things are put in order here; we have written several letters to the Ministry of Health and there have been no response or whatsoever.

“We have brought engineers to fix the minor problems, such as the electrical defects, but they are requesting for the drawing so as to make the work easier for them but the contractor has not cooperated in this regard at all.

“This place should by now be making good revenue for the state because it is the only one in Nigeria and people with heart and renal related ailments are supposed to be coming here for treatment. We have employed staff whom we are paying on monthly basis but nothing is happening here.”

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