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LUTH to build new treatment centre

By Ijeoma Nwanosike
07 July 2022   |   3:35 am
Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, on his official visit to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for the first time since his appointment, announced the commencement of the much delayed treatment centre at the hospital.

Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos

Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, on his official visit to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for the first time since his appointment, announced the commencement of the much delayed treatment centre at the hospital.

Adetifa who had his residency training at LUTH gave this update on June 24, 2022 following his appointment.

He said, “Because LUTH is peculiar, the treatment centre that was needed to be built is bigger and its multi story, which is different from the templates applied in other places. Therefore, several additional approvals were required. But today, I can confirm that we have gotten the World Bank’s approval, to use its funds under our custody, to initiate the process of constructing this multi story building.”

Adetifa who admitted to have visited the hospital severally after his appointment said it was pleasure to have his overdue formal visit to an institution that has contributed significantly to whom he has become.

He said, “LUTH is certainly important to me, I spent most of my formative years here and I benefited significantly from the mentors and teachers we had here. It is good to be home and I very much appreciate the warm welcome you’ve given me.”

He also pointed out that LUTH is very important to the NCDC. He said, “LUTH is a premier Federal Government tertiary institution in Lagos and Lagos is the most populated state in the country, together they both coexist in a way that is of extreme importance to the security of Nigeria.”

Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, in his welcome address, said, “Since you became the DG of the NCDC, you have brought your vast skills on vaccine impact and monitoring to bear on the expanding frontiers of managing not only the COVID-19 pandemic but also, a number of other prevailing diseases of concern.

“This visit is a delightful homecoming for a most deserving ambassador of our Institution. We are confident that this forum will provide an opportunity to further cement the cooperation between LUTH and the NCDC. I recall the wonderful working relationship and collaboration between our Institutions, but especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.”

Bode also acknowledged all their research efforts during the pandemic and their achievements in collaboration with the NCDC. He said, “DG Sir, it would not be immodest to say here that all our staff went beyond the call of duty as a part of the national Team that confronted the pandemic. We received unflinching support from the federal and state governments, other stakeholders and off course, the NCDC.”

He also mentioned supplies of drugs, consumables, reagents and hardware by the NCDC to LUTH in those dire days of the pandemic. “Sir, we look forward to a deepening of our collaborations.”

Adetifa said there has been mutual benefits from strong collaborations between the hospital and the NCDC especially in the context of responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other public health related issue like monkeypox, Lassa fever among other infectious diseases.

He added, “I don’t expect anything to change even in my new role rather than to have more growth and strengthening of relationships that started off personally but now institutionally too. Both my personal and official relationship with LUTH is of great importance to me and will be valued as such.”

“We do have to continue partnering with LUTH because of the key roles that the institution plays both in emergency preparedness and response. The NCDC under my leadership is committed to continue and indeed expand that relationship beyond what it is now.”