Envoy lauds hospital’s contribution to improved healthcare
A fortnight after it was inaugurated, Duchess International Hospital, Lagos has continued to received plaudits for upping the ante in improving the lot of healthcare facilities in Lagos State particularly and Nigeria generally.
Making the latest commendation was the acting Consul General, United States Consulate, Lagos, Mr. Bill Bridgeland, who said that the hospital has put Lagos on the world map of cities that offer excellent healthcare services.
Summing up his impression after a tour of the facility, Bridgeland said: “This is lovely. It’s beyond my expectations, super impressive. State-of-the-art facilities, state-of-the art personnel. This is going to put Lagos on the world map.”
The envoy who has been in Nigeria for just over a year said he loves Nigeria because the people are friendly and vibrant and there is “so much going on, it is an interesting place.”
According to its promoters, the hospital is uniquely positioned to solve the problem of access to affordable healthcare on behalf of local communities across the country. Patients attending the facility can expect to receive an excellent standard of healthcare combined with a unique experience of hospitality.
The Chairman of the Duchess Hospital Board of Directors, Dr. Adeyemi Onabowale, said the commissioning of the hospital has raised the bar for healthcare standards in the country, where the best in hospital care will be delivered together with world-class hospitality service.
“We are delighted to have assembled an outstanding team of healthcare professionals. Our clinical leadership and expert specialist consultants have distinguished themselves in careers in the UK National Health Service (NHS), the United States and in various robust clinical programmes in other parts of the world,” Dr. Onabowale said, adding that the hospital intends to collaborate with the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College to address the skill gaps in fellowship residency training by offering the facilities and expertise for the use of the Fellows.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey explained: “Nigeria loses approximately $1.2 each year in medical tourism to international destinations around the globe. Our mission at the Duchess International is to reverse medical tourism by delivering the highest standards of care, using the most advanced technology and treatments to give our patients the fastest, most convenient access to the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world.”