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  • Updated: July 19, 2022

Doctors Give Update On Osinbajo's Surgery

Doctors in charge of Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President at the Duchess International Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos have said he is making good and steady progress.

Osinbajo on July 16, had successful surgery on his thigh bone at Duchess International Hospital.

Dr Adetokunbi Shitta-Bey, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital gave the update on Tuesday in Lagos and said the vice president was making the sort of progress that was expected.

“He is a model patient; we have been able to observe in very close quarters, the very essence of the man.

“He is very compliant, listens to advice and as such he is able to make the sort of progress that we expect.

“He is undergoing physiotherapy as part of his rehabilitation process.

“The multidisciplinary team that has been involved with his care have been very pleased with the progress that he is making,” he said.

He also commended Osinbajo for choosing a Nigerian hospital than embarking on medical tourism for a service that was available locally.

Speaking on the affordability of facilities, Shitta-Bey said, “Just speaking in terms of access to affordable world-class health care, we are giving a lot of attention to the very highly emotive subject of access and taking deliberate steps to bring down the barriers that prevent people accessing these essential services.

“I think this is largely what informed the vice president’s decision to have his procedure here at the Duchess International Hospital.

“The vice president is a national treasure and it is an honour to have him in our hospital.

“He receives the same level of safe, healthcare anyone who would come into the hospital would receive, of course, with additional considerations for security because it is a matter of national interest and security.”

Also speaking, Dr Adedoyin Dosunmu-Ogunbi, the Medical Director of the hospital, said Osinbajo is making steady progress.

“He is walking already, taking a few steps. You can imagine after major surgery in his right femur bone; that is very encouraging as he continues to recover."

The medical director called for urgent reforms to revitalise healthcare delivery in Nigeria, noting that “the sector in Nigeria is highly under-resourced’’.

“All public officials in Nigeria should have their healthcare in Nigeria.

“If the treatment is available in Nigeria, then they should get it in Nigeria.

“And in many cases it is available, but if we do not have such services available in Nigeria then they can get it elsewhere,” he said.

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