Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that he is yet to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine because of the rule that stated that health workers should take first.
Speaking during the virtual official unveiling of a tertiary health centre in Lekki, Lagos on Thursday, the governor said he would receive doses of the vaccine on Friday.
Sanwo-Olu said, “I just want to follow the rules. The rules are that the health workers at the frontline should first take it.
“So, I am pleading with the Commissioner of Health to be gracious and let me also take. So, they have given me a date, tomorrow (Friday) and I am hoping that they would have started giving it to the health workers.”
He also revealed that Lagos State spent billions of naira in 2020 on procurement of health equipment, adding that the equipment is on the way.
He said, “For us as a government, we have raised our strength on health, especially our capital expenditure on health. We are currently renovating to a world-class, six of our general hospitals.
“We are currently building two new general hospitals. We are building a children hospital. We are building an international research centre. All these are meant to complement what we have currently.
“We will also scale up a tertiary health centre, Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). We will be discussing with you in the next coming months what we want to turn LASUTH to. All of these are to make healthcare accessible and affordable.
“We are trying to stop medical tourism; people travelling several thousand kilometres to go and secure or get health treatment. With good facilities, we will bring down the total cost of health care and provide quality health care.”