Fayemi’s wife autions elite against medical tourism
• Afe Babalola deplores quality of Nigerian graduates
Wife of Ekiti State governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, has called on rich Nigerians to stop seeking medical treatment abroad, noting that the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) could rival any of its peers globally.
She pointed out that the robust manpower and modern tools at the medical facility were not different from exist in India, United States, United Kingdom and other advanced nations.
The First Lady spoke yesterday in her office at Ado-Ekiti while playing host to the family of Miss Precious Sodeinde, who suffered brain tumour, and was treated at the hospital.
The surgery on the 13-year-old saxophonist, who had gone partially blind before the referral, was performed by ABUTH experts at the cost of N3 million.
She congratulated the parents on the successful operation.
“I am pleased that the operation was successful. At times, you will spend money on a sickness, but money might fail. There was a case of a two-year-old hole-in-the-heart boy. We paid a sum of N2 million, but the boy died before the surgery.”
“There was another lady who was already slated for surgery, but died a day before the operation despite all we spent. I had to donate the money to the family,” Fayemi recalled.
She clarified that her office does not have budgetary provision for philanthropy, adding that she relies on donations from friends and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) to tend the sick and needy in Ekiti.
Earlier, mother of the victim, Mrs. Jumoke Sodeinde, thanked the governor’s wife for saving her daughter.
In another development, founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has deplored the quality of graduates being churned out by the nation’s tertiary institutions.
He, therefore, called for urgent action to reverse the situation.
Head, Corporate Affairs of ABUAD, Tunde Olofintila, in a statement yesterday quoted the legal luminary as making the remarks at Igbajo during a reception for 37-year-old Prof. Damilola Sunday Olawuyi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships of the institution, who was recently decorated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Olawuyi became a professor in ABUAD at age 33, thus reportedly becoming the youngest law professor in Nigeria at the time.
This is just as Babalola harped on mentoring of juniors by senior lawyers in the country, pointing out that his law firm had produced 24 SANs, the highest by any chamber in the country.
The administrator, whose address at the event was titled “The Power of Education”, said he was disturbed that many of today’s graduates could not defend their certificates, a sharp contrast to what obtained in the past.