UCH @ 66: CMD Otegbayo flanked by officials
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, on Monday, called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the hospital in delivering robust healthcare services to Nigerians.
Prof. Otegbayo made the call during a press conference organized by the hospital management to celebrate the anniversary.
The CMD emphasized that it is not possible for the government alone to provide all the needed funds and infrastructure to adequately address the needs of the hospital.
He therefore urged wealthy Nigerians, corporate and non-governmental organizations, to consider UCH as a point where their generosity can be extended to.
Otegbayo disclosed that the hospital’s mission which is to build UCH as a world-class medical service provider would only be achieved through the support of all stakeholders.
He also called for the effectiveness of universal health care through health insurance and primary health care to improve the country’s health care delivery system.
Speaking on the achievements of the health institution, the professor of medicine said:
“Also, the Newborn essential solutions and technologies recognized the hospital Management for recording a low mortality rate in the care of newborns in the hospital.
“UCH, being a trailblazer, launched its adult immunization policy in collaboration with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the first of its kind in any teaching hospital in Nigeria.
“There is TETFUND-assisted construction and equipping of the post-basic nursing schools, which is 100 per cent completed and awaiting commissioning.
“Also, construction, equipping of the extension of the Radiation Oncology building including a bunker for a linear accelerator machine, donated by Pastor Bayo Olugbemi and will be commissioned in December.
“Among other achievements was that we bagged the outstanding tertiary healthcare of the year award and recently produced the first Geriatric Pharmacist in Nigeria, he is currently heading the Geriatric Pharmacy unit’’.
Otegbayo further stated that the hospital had challenges which included incessant power cuts, high cost of diesel, insufficient water supply, overhauling of the old decaying sewer system and staff shortage.
“As we celebrate this 66 anniversary, let us not only reflect on the past but also look forward with optimism, embracing the opportunities to further enhance our services, expand our reach and continue the legacy of compassionate care that defines our hospital.
“The achievements of today are not just markers of time, they are the result of collective passion, perseverance and shared commitment to excellence’’, he said.