Tola Adenubi | Lagos
THE Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has debunked allegations by boat operators that the Floating Clinic, since its launch in June 2022, has been idle, stating that the Floating Clinic has conducted medical outreach in Lagos state’s Badagry, Epe, and Ojo local government areas.
Recall that some boat operators, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, had alleged that the Floating Clinic is gradually wasting away at anchorage due to a lack of activity.
However, speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, the General Manager of LASWA, Damilola Emmanuel explained that the Floating Clinic has been solely used for medical emergencies since its launch in 2022.
According to the LASWA General Manager, “The Lagos State Floating Clinic is a mobile medical boat solely used for medical emergencies and to provide routine health services to the riverine communities in Lagos State.
“Since its inception, the floating clinic has conducted medical outreach in Lagos state’s Badagry, Epe, and Ojo local government areas.
“Within the first quarter of 2023, the floating clinic has rendered health services to the underprivileged, providing them with anti-malaria injections, Free Eye tests, and free health education.
“The floating clinic is also involved in emergency response operations along with the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority LASWA.
“Part of the routine assignment of the Floating clinic is to conduct scheduled medical outreach in riverine communities to enlighten them on fundamental health issues such as malnutrition, chronic diseases, mortality rates, low life expectations, environmental hygiene, and sanitation
“The Floating Clinic is for medical missions which are usually quarterly and It’s also for emergencies. So, its not true that the Floating Clinic has been idle since its launch last year.”