By Martins Ifijeh
THISDAY Newspapers, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Sokoto State Ultra Modern Trauma Centre and 103 other institutions and individuals have been nominated for the 2017 Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA).
The winners, who the organisers said have contributed to the country’s health sector in various capacities between June 2016 to May 2017, would be announced at a grand ballroom ceremony on June 23, 2017 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to the jury, some of those nominated for different categories are Reddington Hospital Group, The Bridge Clinic, Nigerian Turkish Nizamiye Hospital Abuja, Access Bank, Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, Diamond Bank, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Under One Roof, AVON Healthcare Limited, AXA Mansard Health Limited, St. Nicholas Hospital, and Amino Kano Teaching Hospital.
Others are University College Hospital, Ibadan, JNC International Ltd, Medplus pharmacy, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Greenlife Pharmaceuticals, Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre, Pharmanews, Health Matters on TVC, Sterling Bank, Lagoon Hospital, Pathcare Laboratories, National Eye Centre Kaduna, Smile 360 Dentals, Fidelity Bank, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nsukka, Prof. Ezekiel Olasunkanmi of Babcock University, among others.
According to the Chairman, Jury Board, Dr. Anthony Omolola, several thousands of nominations were made by Nigerians across the country through E-voting, SMS voting, survey monkey, among others, adding that the Jury Board painstakingly made the selections for the final nominees based on set criteria.
“In some categories, we had to visit these nominated institutions, made our own research before the final nominees were finally selected, adding that they also worked in partnership with other external accreditors like First and Sullivan in Asia and Anadach Group, USA, who monitored the whole process. The final winners will be announced at the grand ceremony later in the month,” he added.
While stating that the award is aimed at recognising and celebrating the achievements of personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian health sector in the year under review, he said the winners will be announced in a grand ceremony that will bring all major healthcare players in the country under one roof.
The award, dubbed the ‘Oscar’ of the Nigerian healthcare, focuses on outstanding performances, the creation of new business models, recognising and embracing new trends in the health sector, the role of technology, and the capacity of organisations and individuals to influence and set new performance standards in Nigeria and beyond.
THISDAY won the print edition of the Healthcare Media Excellence Award for 2016 after being nominated along side The Punch, Vanguard Newspapers and BusinessDay Newspapers.
The organisers, last year said THISDAY won the print media category for its zeal in advocating and promoting the cause of excellence in the field of healthcare in Nigeria.