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3,000 Osun residents receive free healthcare

By Bertram Nwannekanma
20 December 2019   |   3:31 am
It was a happy moment for residents and neighbouring communities in the ancient town of Ada, Boripe local council of Osun State following the commissioning of a world-class health facility

It was a happy moment for residents and neighbouring communities in the ancient town of Ada, Boripe local council of Osun State following the commissioning of a world-class health facility christened Saint Davis Hospital, Ada.

Located along Ibokun road in Ada, the hospital was formally declared open with a comprehensive free medical service recently during which no fewer than 3,000 residents benefitted. Specialists, medical consultants and doctors from different areas of specialisations from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, participated fully in the exercise. 
 
The free medical outreach was part of the annual medical programme of the Faculty of Clinical Services, OAU, Ile – Ife, Osun State. The beneficiaries, mostly old women, men, pregnant women and young people, came out en-masse from different locations within and outside Osun State. Notably, over 100 patients also underwent surgeries under the Mount Davis Hospital’s free medical outreach.

The proprietor of Mount Davis Hospital, Mr. Bode Adediji, and the Executive Chairman and Principal Partner of Bode Adediji Partnership, an Estate Surveyors, Valuers and Real Estate Consultants based in Lagos, disclosed that the multi-million Naira hospital is “basically an inspiration from God” saying, “each time I came home to Ada, I came across situations of various types of untimely, undeserved, premature, accidental and mysterious deaths.”

According to him, a pertinent question usually bugged him; “Can something be done to curtail all these incidents? Then, the inspiration for the hospital came as a result of that!” He pointed out that what cannot be argued is the fact that two or three things usually make up an efficient and effective world-class hospital. These, he said, include physical edifice, equipment, and human capital – the medical professionals available. “To God be the Glory”, he said, “We have been able to accomplish all these towards achieving the best diagnosis and treatment of patients.”

Adediji, a past President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), said that the hospital is not built for the people of Ada and environs alone but it is proposed to be a referral centre whereby people from across the country and beyond would come for consultation and treatment by world-class specialists.

He disclosed further that another objective for the hospital is to become the centre for a medical mission when Nigerian and foreign medical practitioners alike, backed up by foreign and local philanthropists can converge on Ada as a team for medical researches without finance being an impediment.

In this regard, MDH, as time goes on, Adediji disclosed, shall become a centre of medical excellence that will be patronised by Nigerians and people from all over the continent. He said, “It is for this reason that we have designed and constructed a complex having the medical blocks in front and residential blocks at the back to cater for the accommodation of doctors, nurses and other categories of hospital workers.