The Provost of the University of Lagos, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Prof. Afolabi Lesi, has called on stakeholders in the private sector to support government-owned health institutions in providing quality healthcare facilities.
Lesi spoke, Wednesday during the inauguration of Sir Olu Okeowo Physiotherapy Centre at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos Hospital (LUTH)’s premises in Lagos.
He affirmed that the centre would help the medical school and the health institution to provide more physiotherapy care and services to their patients.
His words: “More collaboration and support with health institutions will enhance quality healthcare in Nigeria. It will also help us to compete with different international health institutions in different countries.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, in his remarks, also said that private institutions have a lot to do by collaborating with the health and education sectors in the country.[/penci_blockquote]
“The donation of Physiotherapy Centre by Sir Olu Okeowo will really go along with provision of facilities to standard health teaching institutions and healthcare to the people. This new centre will really help in the patients’ care, research and training”.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, in his remarks, also said that private institutions have a lot to do by collaborating with the health and education sectors in the country.
Ogundipe said that government could not do it alone, hence the need for support from the private institutions and individuals.
“A lot of private institutions and individuals have really donated facilities and equipment to our medical school, but we still need more facilities.
“We are trying to replicate all the facilities and equipment we have on the main campus to our college of medicine for good healthcare delivery,” he said.
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The donor of the facility, Okeowo, explained that the gesture was to give back to the society by helping the institution to deliver quality healthcare for patients.
“This place, which is supposed to be the centre of medical excellence, is now lacking those facilities.
“It is unfortunate that majority of consultants in the medical field are resident consultants from LUTH; yet they go outside to work for other places.
“Even students here were studying under the trees and that was what informed the project. We thank God the project is completed,” he said.
He, urged on the institution to adopt a good maintenance culture to ensure durability of the facilities.