Ikorodu monarch urges govt to upgrade General Hospital to teaching hospital

… Welcomes first baby of the Year 


By Abimbola Joseph  


CITIZENS COMPASS —The Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Lagos State, Oba Kabir Shotobi, has appealed to Lagos State Government to upgrade Ikorodu General Hospital to a teaching hospital.

The monarch made the appeal during the visit to distribute gifts to the first baby of the year at the General hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos. 

The Citizens Compass reports that the first baby, a female, was delivered by Mrs Mosunmola Awodehinde at about 12:05 am weighing 3.2 kg.

The second baby, a male delivered by Mrs Kadijat Ahmad at about 12:10 am, weighing 3.7 kg while the third baby, also a male, was delivered by Mrs Omosalewa Fagbemi at about 1:27 am  weighing 2.98kg.

Cash and baby materiala were distributed to the first, second and third delivery mothers by the traditional ruler, his wife Olori Kudirat and care givers who came together with him.

The traditional ruler encouraged health professionals to desist from engaging in ‘Japa’ but be patient that the present government is working on ways to revive the economy, especially the health sector.

“This visit is a tradition to see the performances of health professionals, first baby of the year and to give thanks to Almighty God for blessing Ikorodu.

“I am appealing to the state government to upgrade this hospital to a teaching hospital that will accommodate more dialysis centre.

“I am delighted that the value of this hospital is appreciating, I have come to see, witness and give my own personal thoughts and recommendations.

“In all modesty, the doctors and nurses are doing wonderfully well as the hospital is best among equals,” he said.

The traditional ruler admonished governments at all levels to upgrade the welfare package of medical professionals to  them from migrating abroad where they place much value on them.

The traditional ruler commended Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State for giving the hospital the necessary tools to facilitate their work and ensuring an efficient service delivery in the health sector.

“I appeal to our doctors and nurses to be patient, things will get better very soon. The president has promised to revamp the health sector,” said the traditional ruier. 

Similarly, Dr. Taiwo Hassan, the Medical Director, Ikorodu GH urged government to declare state of emergency on health professionals as a major challenges bedevelling the hospital

Hassan advised the government to put in place measures that would discourage health professionals from migrating to other countries to benefit from their expertise. 

He said the hospital has been consistently providing timely and good quality service for citizens and inhabitants of Ikorodu in the last 40years since it was established.

Hassan added that Ikorodu general hospital has won numerous awards both international and local due to its efficient service delivery to the people. 

We have advised that Ikorodu General Hospital and other major hospital be upgraded to a teaching hospital.

“When we have teaching hospitals, the rate of producing doctors will increase, so at some point, they will be more than enough to work here.

They will have no option than to stay back and bring their experience back to the system.

“Ikorodu general hospital has won ‘Safe Care’ award from Amsterdam Neitherland, back to back which is first of its kind in Nigeria due to our service delivery,” Hassan said.


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