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LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services

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LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

Lagos State Government launches floating clinic boat for emergency, medical outreach services across Lagos.

The floating clinic is a brainchild of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Waterways Authority.

It is equipped with four medical observation beds, oxygen bottle, gauge foldable stretcher, fully kitted first aid box etc.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh





The Lagos State Government has launched a ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ 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.

The ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ is a brainchild of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

It is equipped with four medical observation beds, a medium sterilisation unit, an oxygen bottle, gauge, infusion stand, foldable stretcher and fully kitted first aid box.

During the unveiling of the floating clinic, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, explained that :

“This is part of initiatives by the Ministry of Health to ensure that we extend our medical and ambulance service to the waterways, remote riverine communities and areas that can only be accessed by water.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh





“This is also an example of partnership between different agencies of government; the boat actually belongs to LASWA but will be operated by the Ministry of Health”.

Dr. Ogboye disclosed that the boat clinic will be deployed for the ongoing integrated measles and COVID vaccination campaign in riverine communities across Lagos State.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

He also stated that residents in riverine communities can access the services of the floating clinic through the Lagos State Emergency Services numbers, saying :

“Once you contact the emergency numbers, the clinic will be deployed.

“LASWA can also deploy the clinic during emergency responses on the waterways. If there is a call about an emergency on the waterways, remote and riverine areas, the emergency process will be activated”.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

Also speaking at event, the General Manager, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, said that the initiative will further integrate emergency and rescue systems being put in place by LASWA for commuter safety in riverine communities.

Emmanuel said :

“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”.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih, stated that one of the core tasks of the Floating Clinic Boat is medical outreach services to riverine communities for providing primary healthcare services.

“Most people have the impression that Lagos is a completely urban city but for us, we realise that Lagos has a lot of communities along the waterways, which are not necessarily connected to the city.

LAGOS Launches ‘Floating Clinic Boat’ For Emergency, Medical Outreach Services - autojosh

“Mr. Governor, recognising this, directed that medical services be taken to these areas as part of the mandate to achieve universal health coverage.

“When this initiative was brought to his attention, this was one of the factors that led to the quick acquisition of the boat to bridge the identified gap in health access”, she explained.

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