The GE Healthcare has gone into partnership with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to supply latest technology in computed tomography (CT), Discovery RT, to Lagos University Teaching Hospital
The partnership would ensure the provision of latest technology to enable early diagnostics and better treatment for cancer patients. NSIA- LUTH Cancer Center (NLCC) is the first hospital in West Central Africa to install GE Healthcare’s Discovery RT CT.
The facility was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari last month.
The Discovery RT, a simulation CT machine, is the first of such technology to be installed in the country. It enables physicians to study the body in detail allowing them to determine the exact location, shape, and size of the tumour to be treated.
“As part of the partnership, GE Healthcare will also provide servicing of the equipment and deliver hands-on training for the hospital’s radiology staff on the new technology.
“Nigeria currently has eight public and one private comprehensive cancer care centres to serve its growing population of over 180 million people.
“Many of the public cancer centres have radiotherapy machines that are outdated, making access to radiation therapy more difficult for cancer patients, “it added.
The new radiotherapy centre is expected to increase access to quality services for the patients across Lagos state. This would help early detection and treatment of cancer, which improves chances of its being cured.
“We are happy to collaborate with NSIA in this landmark achievement for Nigeria in progressing the availability of world-class radiotherapy for cancer patients in the region.
“This will help improve the overall results in the fight against cancer, as well as in improving the quality of life,” General Manager for West Central and French Sub-Sahara Africa at GE Healthcare, Eyong Ebai said.
VFD Group Appoints Director
Mr. Ayodele Onawunmi has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of VFD Group Plc by the company’s board of directors.
The appointment is however subject to the approval of shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Onawunmi, holds a B.Sc in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a PGD in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom and a Master’s in Finance from the London Business School.
He has over 20 years of experience in Investment & Risk management, Public Sector engagement, Consulting, Business Development and Strategy and has served in various capacities at Access Bank Plc, Pensure PFA, Chapelhill Denham Group, Leadway Assurance company, Acorn Petroleum Plc and FDHL Group.
He is a member of the Private Equity Club and Investment Management Club of the London Business School and is currently the Managing Partner of 213 Capital.
The VFD Group last week announced its conversion from a private limited company to a public limited company (Plc).
The development became effective last month.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, VFD Group, Mr. Nonso Okpala, who disclosed this, said the development was a major milestone for the group, its shareholders, board and staff across its subsidiaries, who had been instrumental the success recorded over the years.
“By converting, we are ensuring that our corporate identity reflects our long-term strategy which includes a planned listing in 2022 and the issuance of a N5 billion corporate bond in the second quarter of 2019,” Okpala had said.