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LUTH ‘ll continue to partner public/private institutions to achieve laudable goals – CMD

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By Abiodun Azi

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), says the institution will continue to partner public and private organisations to achieve its set goals.


Adeyemo said this during a news conference on Monday in Lagos to mark his one year in office.


“On assumption, l was faced with three major tasks of completion of projects by the last management, which I was a member for eight years.

“Pursuing my own vision as highlighted in my strategic plans, and pursuing the vision of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (FMOH&SW).

“The FMOH&SW has developed a four point agenda to drive the objectives of this administration. The key vision behind the 4-point agenda of the Ministry was that of President Tinubu,’’ he said.

He read the agenda as improving quality of governance and leadership of hospital, regulatory capacity of agencies under the ministry, improving population health outcomes, promoting medical industrialisation and improving health security/investment in public health.

Adeyemo said that the present administration of LUTH under his leadership would continue to partner the leadership of the FMOH&SW and contribute its own quota toward achieving the laudable four- point agenda.

“The multi-million-naira NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre is the single largest Cancer Centre in West Africa, and has provided care to over 11,000 patients since 2019 when it was commissioned.

“Thereby, saving the country millions in foreign exchange that would have been expended on medical tourism. The Centre has 3 Linear Accelerators, a CT Simulator, Brachytherapy machine, and a Chemotherapy suite (containing 14 Chemotherapy chairs).

“LUTH is now a go-to Hospital for Cancer Management in West Africa and is even attracting clients from abroad.

“For comprehensive cancer care, Federal Government has also committed to building a state-of- the-art Nuclear Medicine Centre at the hospital, the first of its kind in a Public Hospital in Nigeria,” he said.

He assured the public of the institution’s commitment to providing qualitative and affordable healthcare to Nigerians.

He said that the institution was committed to the policies and programmes of the Federal Government and its parent ministry, targeted at reviving and upgrading the healthcare sector.

“The federal government has also made funds available to LUTH to upgrade endoscopic surgical services, urology and gastroenterology.

“Endoscopic procedure otherwise not possible a few years ago, are now being carried out in LUTH. Other hospitals now refer patients who require video-bronchoscopy to LUTH,’’ he said.

Adeyemo said that last month, LUTH became the first public tertiary hospital in Nigeria to perform Thoracoscopic primary repair of Oesophageal Fistula.

He said that this was a case of minimal access surgery performed on a 13-day-old baby, made possible with the increased funding by the federal government, commitment of the ministry of health and management of LUTH. (NAN)

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Folasade Adeniyi

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