Oba of Lagos Urges Doctors on Medical Mission, Govt to Equip Existing PHCs


Rebecca Ejifoma
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has urged medical doctors to go on medical mission in various Lagos communities for the down-trodden, as he urged the government to update public healthcare centres with trained medical personnel that will do the job rather than build professed “10,000” empty PHCs.

He gave the call at the formal inauguration of the Magnetic Rosonance Imaging (MRI) at the Purple Ray Diagnostic Centre in Reddington Hospital Victoria Island ,Lagos. MRI is new hi-tech imaging facility in provision of Nigeria’s first ever 1.5 Tesla Signal Explorer MRI Scanner from General Electric (GE) Healthcare.

“The government should improve the state of our PHCs, fully polished with qualified doctors. And please, Onabowale alongside other doctors should help us with medical mission. The down-trodden people are really suffering in our communities,” Akiolu said.

Dr. Adeyemi Onabowale, is the Chief Executive Officer, Reddington Group.

Meanwhile, the Group Medical Director, Reddington, Dr. Olutunde Lalude, noted that the device has technology to improve patients’ comfort. “It also has the technology to significantly reduce the duration of a scan and give high image quality in patients.

“The technology here is second to none. It is a testament of how we think about the care of patients and quality citizens deserve to stop going abroad and get the quality treatment here. Reddington has taken a holistic view of what it takes to view almost every disease.”

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Onabowale, said the launch of the MRI was to create awareness to the public and their colleagues on the new medical equipment that delivers clearer, accurate digital imaging. “And it is able to ventilate the critically ill patient while undergoing scanning. So, the centre is open to all doctors in Lagos and in Nigeria as a whole.”

According to him, despite the recession, Reddington will continue to strive in promoting excellence in healthcare delivery.