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Lagos State Government Set to Donate N50 Million to First Consultant Hospital

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Jide Idris – Lagos State Commissioner for Health

As part of efforts to mitigate the economic effect of the Ebola outbreak on First Consultant Hospital, the Lagos State government has announced plans to donate N50 Million to the hospital.

The donation is said to be a “business support gesture” and also a means of offering support to all those who suffered from the disease, both dead and alive, The Stream reports.

The state commissioner for health, Jide Idris made the announcement yesterday at a news briefing at the Alausa State Secretariat.

“Having addressed the human angle in containing the outbreak, there is now the need to address the economic consequences. Under consideration are the following: Support to the affected persons including those alive and N50million lump sum as business support gesture to the First Consultant Medical Centre. This is with view to getting the people/businesses back on their feet and for businesses to re-secure patronage of their customers. It needs clearly be stated that this is not an attempt at compensation but a gesture of goodwill on the part of government,” he said.

17 Comments

  1. tony

    October 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I luv this man Fashola!!!!! he just gets it!!!

  2. KK

    October 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Kudos to Fashola!!!!!

  3. tunmi

    October 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Why is the federal government donating to a private institution? I do not agree with this. Commend them, outline some program where they can offer their services to the poor and be govt can subsisidize them. Fund a clinic run by their medical staff aimed at lrocidig servies for the poor. Commission books (for public schook students in varying levels, primary and secondary) to document this historic event and achievemeng. Supply funds for public hospital staff to emulate the practice of First Consultant hospital and that of Dr. Adadevoh. But do NOT give public funds to a private institution without any proceeds or benefits going to the same public that generated such funds.

    • tunmi

      October 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      This thing irked me so

      *where they can offer their services to the poor and THE govt can subsidize them

      *Fund a clinic run by their (First Consultant) medical staff [and other private hospitals in exchange for tax breaks] aimed at PROVIDING servies for the poor.

      *Commission books… to document this historic event and ACHIEVEMENT.

    • Concerned_Boyfriend

      October 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Are you serious ?. “..do NOT give public funds to a private institution without any proceeds or benefits going to the same public that generated such funds.” . No disrespect, but you’re not making any sense right now. The institution albeit private still serves the community it inhabits. Most health institution in America are privately owned but the government subsidize offered services to the general public.

    • tunmi

      October 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      It’s a private hospital meaning its prices will be lower than that of a public hospital.
      “Most health institution in America are privately owned but the government subsidize offered services to the general public.”
      What services has this hospital provided to the public, the ones who usually go to LUTH? What are those subsidized services? It does not sit well with me when public hospital officials go on strike annually for increased funds.

    • DK

      October 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Ekiti governor spends N100 million on his bedroom and you have a problem with the Lagos State government giving N50 million to a private institution that resisted pressures to let Sawyer out, hence saving a nation from what could have been a catastrophic outbreak? #BYE

    • tunmi

      October 22, 2014 at 2:29 am

      The people of Ekiti state have every right to issue their grievances. Stop throwing about red herrings

    • Ada

      October 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Tunmi, I understand your perspective.
      Here in the US, we have tax rightoffs for people/businesses who suffer disasters, floods, (insert all crazy stuff). So In a way, its equivalent to what Lagos State Govt did. If Sawyer had ended up at LASUTH, it would have been a disaster and would cost the govt more than N50m.

      The govt can do what you suggested in addition to what they are doing for 1st Consultant.
      Remember the hospital is also taking care of the employees who survived, plus the children of those who died as well. They have been doing so out of their own funds. In another society, people would be creating gofundme and the likes for 1st Consultant and the individuals affected. Actually BellaNaija can take the initiative to do that for the latter group.

  4. Concerned_Boyfriend

    October 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    *Claps* …Now this is a government that has the interest of it people at heart.

  5. jlo

    October 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    nice one …they need it please .i dont know why people always say negative words. love u my governor

  6. Loulou

    October 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    As much as I applaud the LASG, I have mixed feelings about dis donation. The teaching hospitals in Lagos state are still in deplorable states, the emergency unit is an abattoir, the staff are as evil as the devil and they don’t care if you die, they have no human feelings whatsoever! So am thinking,why not improve the emergency units, why not train staff to be better behaved, why not have better services??? My two cents though!

  7. NaijaPikin

    October 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    In this situation, I have to say it is valid for the following reasons.
    – The hospital accepted a health challenge in good faith for the betterment of the state and country.
    -They had running expenses but could not generate any income because of a mandatory govt shutdown.
    – Shutdown was to protect Lagosians and Nigerians as a whole
    – During the shutdown, the hospital was still responsible for paying staff who couldn’t come to work..

    Think of it this way, Fashola is sending a message that if you do what you have to do to protect the citizens of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole, we will not leave you to deal with all the difficulties that occurs in the process.

  8. tee

    October 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    ok if the whole nigeria had contacted ebola, Lulou will you be saying that now………SMH for some people in naija o!

  9. NNENNE

    October 22, 2014 at 12:28 am

    That’s the least we can do. Many thanks to Gov. Fashola and crew.
    The federal government should do something too.

  10. Bisi BusyBee!

    October 22, 2014 at 1:54 am

    @Naija Pikin, I just love you for this comment. Thumbs up Gov Fashola! Eko Oni Baje ooo

  11. Baba

    October 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Let’s also ensure the wards (if any) of other persons that fell vulnerable to death are not forgotten…

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