From: Job Osazuwa
Authorities of Babcock University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, said it has within the last one year performed more than 100 open-heart surgeries.
Vice Chancellor/President of the institution, Prof. Ademola Tayo, said Babcock University was the only teaching hospital in Nigeria that has the apparatuses to continually sustain open-heart surgeries.
He stated that the number of the successful operations was traceable to the fact that the hospital has resident surgeons and cardiologists, who were sourced from within and outside Nigeria.
Senior Vice President, Academics and Provost, College of Health and Medical Sciences of Babcock, Prof Iheanyichukwu Okoro, said the success was as a result of the commitment of staff of the institution as well as up-to-date equipment available there.
Okoro, who is a professor of Anatomy and Surgery, disclosed that Lagos State Government has redeemed part of the N500 million it ledged to BUTH.
He said the state would be sending 30 patients to the centre for treatment. He added that the university was also collaborating with the National Health Insurance, which is as well sending paediatric cases to the hospital.
“In fact, President Muhammadu Buhari knows about this our hospital because he has a relative who had surgery here. The other time the president was discussing with some people; he told them that Babcock Teaching hospital was doing a good job. We don’t blow our trumpet, but the government and many people know about what we do here,” Okoro said.
He reaffirmed that Babcock believed in excellence and could not settle for anything less, stressing that the university and the hospital in particular would continue to improve on the existing facilities and services in order to put a smile on the faces of the patients.
“We won’t rest on our oars in quality equipment and robust collaborations. At the moment, our students go to India for more exposure, and we already have collaboration with the Florida Hospital, United States of America and others, but what is left us is to have the capacity to be registered at the World Health Organisation (WHO) platform for international medical schools.”