By Godwin Haruna
Founder of Lagoon Hospitals and Hygeia HMO, Prof. Emmanuel Elebute has called on the federal government to give health care project execution priority in the implementation of the proposed Universal Insurance Health scheme.
"The federal government as a matter of necessity, must take the execution of insurance scheme very serious because this is where most health project fails,” Elebute stated.
He spoke recently in Lagos when he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nigerian Health care Excellence Awards (NHEA).
Elebute who was with his wife, Prof. Oyin, when he received the award dedicated it to staff of Lagoon hospitals, Hygeia HMO, University College Hospital, Ibadan and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos where his career and profession was shaped and built by the individuals and institutions he worked with and added; “I remain grateful to them."
Other winners of NHEA include: Biostadt (Biomedical Service Company of the Year), JNC International (Innovative Health care Provider of the Year), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Public Health care Provider of the Year).
It also include; Kemi Ajumobi of BusinessDay (Health care Media Excellence Award-print), Dr. Juliet Offiah of NigerianInfo 99.3 FM (Health care Media Excellence Award - electronic), 445 NAF Laboratory Lagos (Public Laboratory Service Provider of the Year), Pathcare (Private Laboratory Service Provider of the Year), Crestview (Radiology Services Provider of the Year) Healthplus (Pharmaceutical Retail Outlet of the Year), Fidson (Pharmaceutical Company of the Year) and Mrs. B olanle Reaheedah Bello (Nursing & Midwery Excellence
Award), among others.
Emmanuel Ajayi, Managing Director of Biostadt, spoke about the passion of his company in providing health care services and the additional sense of responsibility the recognition placed on them: "We have seen repeatedly how equipment we supplied have saved so many lives because doctors have been able to do their jobs more effectively."
Dr. Anthony Omolola, President of the Association of General & Private
Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) and chairman of the event praised the efforts, courage and the contributions towards making a difference in the Nigeria health care sector.
Access Bank is one of the key sponsors of NHEA. The award was organised by Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in colaboration with Anadach Group, USA. GHPR is also the organizer of Medipharma -africa and co-promoter of West African Health Expo, which has proved over the years to be an international hub for health care and health education exhibition.
As part of its effort to increase the visibility and successes of the health sector in Nigeria, it decided to organise the award that celebrates and recognises the best individuals and organisations that have contributed in a remarkable manner to the improvement of the health care sector of the country.