Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) has a tall ambition to change Nigeria’s medical landscape through investment in knowledge and innovation.
Modern science and research are increasingly giving man the chance to stay healthy and keep an ailment-free life as time could offer.
In a clime, where almost everything, including witches and wizards, could be blamed for bad health and frailties of the flesh, succor have come from different angles.
Ask those who daily throng prayer houses for cases that simple medical attention could handle, their fears have stemmed from unreliable public health system.
When they turn to private hospitals, they are faced with costs beyond the capability of ordinary citizens, regardless of the quality of service.
Needless to reiterate that many precious lives have been lost to diseases and sicknesses that have been banished in most countries where governments make the provision of health care a priority service, devoid of trial and error.
However, for the limited class of the political elite and few affluent citizens that can patronize private hospitals, they have to go the extra length to access quality medicare; sometimes having to secure an air ambulance and journey through painful hours between continents before getting proper diagnosis and treatment.
More worrisome is the depletion of the country’s scarce foreign exchange. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, at the commissioning of the medical facilities of the Afe Babalola University, ABUAD, Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, May 21, advised that with massive investment in modern health care facilities, the nation could save about $2 billion expended on medical tourism yearly.
Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said with the establishment of the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, every Nigerian, including the rich has no reason to travel abroad for medical treatments.
To close this gap, the eight-year old ABUAD recently attained yet another feat when it hosted two former leaders – General Gowon and Obasanjo, including former and serving helmsmen at the National Universities Commission, as it unveiled four projects, among them, facilities for medical and space research.
Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed was supported at the event by his predecessors, Prof. Julius Okojie and Prof. Peter Okebukola, all praising the unrivaled investments in the institution as they emphasized that ABUAD has become a pride to the nation and a reference for higher education in its less than a decade existence as a private varsity.
At the commissioning of telemedicine equipment of the 400-bed multi system hospital, Dr Olukayode Akinlade, a consultant and facilitator, described the event as “the narrowing of gaps in technology and space.”
Founder of the institution, Aare Afe Babalola gave an insight to the feat.
He said the telemedicine equipment is “the first in Africa and will assist our hospital in the area of ‘tele-consulting’, ‘tele-diagnosis’ and ‘tele-management’.
It will enable our partners in Dubai to join us in Ekiti in performing medical service at ABUAD by proxy.”
The equipment, donated by an Indian Hospital, Aster Healthcare, under a collaboration agreement with ABUAD, entails consulting, diagnosis and management of medical conditions simultaneously by doctors in Ado Ekiti, India and Dubai through a sophisticated transmission of data, online, real time. The partnership between the two hospitals also covers technical and managerial services as well as training of doctors, nurses and other medical support staff.
The facility parades a 1.5 resolution TESLIA MRI Machine; 3D digital mammography machine capable of 3 and 4 dimensional scan; Abbott Architect C4000 and I1000SR machine; 160 slice CT scanner; a modular operating theatre and a digital radiography unit.
The hospital’s lab is operated under a partnership arrangement with Afriglobal Medicare. It is configured for cancer detection and can perform a thousand tests an hour with best global network to transmit results around the world.
These superb scientific machines provide the world’s best diagnosis in ultrasound scan, echocardiography pulmonary function and electrocardiography, making it possible for the ABUAD Teaching Hospital to perform open heart surgeries seamlessly.
Dr. Akinlade claims that the facility will largely reduce the incidence of sudden deaths linked to stroke.
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