Ogun State Government has launched a State-of-the-art pediatric surgical facility at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, to boost the outcomes of surgeries for children.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, while commissioning the project, which was facilitated by an Alumnus of the institution, Dr. Muyiwa Abdul, said the project is a reflection of the Dapo Abiodun’s commitment to upscaling the State-owned tertiary health facility through innovative funding.
Coker noted that the rapid development of the health sector in the last few years was achieved through sustained collaborations, calling on other well-meaning individuals to join hands with the government to make healthcare more accessible in the State.
“Through innovative funding, we have been fortunate to enjoy sustainable partnerships such as this project which is facilitated by our donor. What he has done is to invest in our children, and invariably our future. This investment means that he has partnered with us in our social development drive.
“No one knows what children that benefit from this facility would become in the future. They can become governors, ministers, or commissioners tomorrow. So, this pediatric building and equipment are in line with our resolve to protect the lives of our children in Remo, other parts of the State, and across Nigeria at large”, she said.
The Commissioner, while appreciating the donor, whose 50th birthday coincided with the project launch, assured that the facility would be judiciously maintained.
In her remark, the Chief Medical Director, OOUTH, Dr. Oluwabunmi Fatungase, described the facility as the first of its kind in the history of the institution, saying the entire management staff were excited that the project was donated by one of its products.
Reacting, the donor, a United State-based Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. Muyiwa Abdul said the hospital contributed to his foundation in the profession, adding that it was a honor for him to give back to the society.
He stated that the decision to name the facility after his mother, “Iye Moji”, Madam Grace Modupe Abdul, was a way of appreciating her sacrifices.