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Lagos State unveils ambitious plans for New Massey Street Children’s Hospital

In a proactive move to oversee the advancement of crucial medical infrastructure projects in Lagos State, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, conducted a thorough inspection visit on Saturday to the construction site of the 130-bed new Massey Street Children’s Hospital on Lagos Island.

Prof. Abayomi expressed his commitment to prioritising infant healthcare: “Lagos State is unwavering in its dedication to the health of our youngest citizens.” He underscored the significance of maternal and child welfare, emphasising the state’s proactive approach to ensuring the health of pregnant women.

Addressing the challenges associated with the old, congested Massey Street Children’s Hospital, the Commissioner acknowledged the need for a modern facility. He stated, “The New Massey Street Children’s Hospital is strategically designed to overcome challenges and carry forward the legacy of Massey Street as a global healthcare institution.”

Professor Abayomi revealed plans for a multi-level car park with a capacity for 310 vehicles to address potential traffic in the new facility poised to become Nigeria’s largest children’s specialist hospital.


Describing the project as a greenfield initiative, the Commissioner acknowledged challenges in preparing the unused land for construction, including excavating decades-old waste. Despite hurdles, the commitment to sustainability led to the decision to make the hospital a low-carbon, green building.

Elaborating on the hospital’s design intricacies, Prof. Abayomi highlighted sustainable features such as solar energy, waste management, and optimal orientation to natural elements. The New Massey Street Children’s Hospital is undergoing accreditation for LEED and EDGE certifications, validating its dedication to environmentally friendly practices.

Providing insights into construction progress, the commissioner emphasised meticulous quality control measures. He stated, “The Governor is committed to building benchmark facilities with a focus on long-term sustainability.”

Anticipating completion by the end of 2025, the New Massey Street Children’s Hospital aims to be a paediatric centre of excellence. Prof. Abayomi stated, “Our goal is to make Lagos a leader in healthcare services on the continent by 2052.”


Prof. Abayomi also reiterated the state government’s commitment to universal healthcare coverage through initiatives like the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme, aiming to make Lagos a healthcare services leader by 2052.

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