Japa: Lagos to construct a 1500-capacity medical university

The Lagos state government is set to construct a medical institution this year with the goal of graduating 1,500 doctors annually in an effort to counteract the massive exodus of physicians and other medical professionals.

The new university’s construction would start and finish this year, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who made this announcement while presiding over the opening of the Femi Gbajabiamila General Hospital in Surulere, which was made possible by the president’s chief of staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his Surulere federal constituency.

Sanwo-Olu went on to reveal that the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Federal Ministry of Health will work together to construct the university.

He clarified that the facility was required in response to recommendations from federal authorities that the state increase the number of medical professionals it produces given the scarcity of medical professionals brought on by Japa syndrome.