Trust Fund Partners Zenith Bank, LG, Others to Rehabilitate Healthcare Centre
The Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund (RLTF) LTD / GTE a non-profit, public-private partnership (PPP) also referred to as “The Fund” or “RLTF” has recorded another significant milestone in the portfolio of its six flagship projects–the completed rehabilitation and extensive upgrade of the Iga Idungaran Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC).
According to The Fund’s chief executive and project director, Engr. Olujimi Hotonu, the now fully restored healthcare centre with extensive medical upgrades was made possible by Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund’s collaboration with its principal donor – Zenith Bank PLC, the administration of Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Alaiyeluwa Oba Rilwanu Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu I and a Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) of expert medical and healthcare professionals.
The Iga Idunganran PHC on Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island was built by Zenith Bank Plc in 2011 as a government-run healthcare facility that serves the Iga Idunganran community and environment.
Engr. Hotonu posited that situated in Ward B1 within the axis of the Oba of Lagos’ Iga Idunganran palace, the facility is the most comprehensive primary healthcare centre in the Lagos Island Local Government Area (LGA).
He stated futher that “The primary healthcare centre is a prioritized project. A critical community need and infrastructure – to alleviate the clamour of its residents for adequate medical services and access to affordable Primary Healthcare (PHC). It is fundamental to meeting the health needs and deserved quality of life that should be the right of every citizen within the Iga Idungaran milling population as well as promises comprehensive and accessible healthcare to the untold number of tourists that the community welcomes yearly”.
The development comes days after the NGO took members of the press and stakeholders on a site tour of progress made at its High Court of Lagos, Igbosere reconstruction project.
The commissioning championed by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the presence of community members, state officials, dignitaries, collaborators, and stakeholders is regarded as momentous in ongoing efforts on the development and sustainability of healthcare infrastructure in Lagos State.
It may be recalled that in the aftermath of the October 2020 unrest, the Iga Idunganran PHC was one of Lagos State’s public health infrastructures that were adversely impacted. The critical community health facility was rendered nearly moribund for health-integrated services, provision, and supply of essential drugs and comprehensive health monitoring and evaluation for the Lagos Island community residents. Hence, the urgency to rehabilitate and upgrade the facility.
That the centre grants healthcare to another four of the ten wards in the LGA. They are wards B2, C1, C2 and C3. However, the expansiveness of the facility avails traders, commuters, visitors, and residents from other wards the opportunity to benefit from its services.
Aside from health provisioning services to the indigenes and residents of the Iga Idungaran area – the PHC has also been structured with capacities to take care of the healthcare needs of 1% of the estimated 4.5 million people who only trade and commute to and from the Lagos Island local government area per year. This amounts to an average of 45,000 non-community residents per year and an average of 123 persons per day.
Consequently, the extensive renovation and upgrade to the PHC will enhance the quality of healthcare services available to the citizens of Lagos. The state-of-the-art facility now boasts modern amenities, advanced medical equipment, and an expanded capacity to cater to the growing healthcare needs of the community with the introduction of a comprehensive ENT Clinic, Dental Clinic, Eye Clinic and Tuberculosis Screening Centre.
In closing statements, Engr. Hotonu thanked Zenith Bank PLC for its pivotal role in making the project a reality. That the generous contributions made by the financial institution have enabled the renovation and upgrade of the healthcare centre, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to the well-being of the communities they serve.
He expressed his gratitude to the dedicated Board of Directors of The Fund chaired by Dr. Yemi Cardoso for the invaluable governance, expertise and collaborative approach adopted across RLTF projects that has materialized in yet another celebratory milestone as the PHC, Iga Idungaran.
While adding that the renovated healthcare centre would not have met the highest standards of excellence without the members of the Rebuild Lagos Trust Funds Medical Advisory Committee who guided The Fund through the redevelopment and upgrade of the Primary Health Care Centre from start to completion.