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Lagos Assembly orders closure of Gbagada hospital blood bank

By Ebun Sessou
In its commitment to bringing effective medical service delivery to residents of the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly, through its Committee on Health Services, Tuesday ordered the closure of the blood bank section of Gbagada General Hospital.
The committee, which was accompanied by the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency HEFEMAA, took this action after discovering some unethical procedures during an inspection exercise of the hospital.
Chairman of the Committee, Segun Olulade, who lamented the unhealthy situation at the blood bank unit, authorised the immediate sealing off of the unit.
The HEFEMAA team leader and Executive Secretary, Dr. Mabel Adjekughele observed that the blood bank was in a bad state, with screened and unscreened blood not separated and advised that the bank be sealed.
The committee also visited the Cardiac and Renal Centre also located in Gbagada General Hospital, where the Director of the Centre, Prof. Babatunde Olabode Green told the committee that some of the acquired world-class medical equipment are not functioning, either due to improper installations or poor quality of installation materials.
Prof. Green also blamed power supply for the failure to run the facility to its full capacity.
In his response, Olulade stated that the committee will summon the contractors that handled the Cardiac and Renal Centre project; Ministry of Health officials, Public-Private Partnership, PPP, and all necessary Agencies to investigate the poor state of the Centre.
This visit was the first to be undertaking by the Assembly’s health committee in its tour General Hospitals in the state.