In continuation of the yearly show of love to hospital patients across Lagos State during Christmas, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has again celebrated with the patients of Alimosho General Hospital and presented different gift items to them.
While identifying with the in-patients of the hospital on Christmas Day, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Director of Medical Services, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Olugbenga Oyekan, stated that the gesture was a way of celebrating the yuletide season with the citizens even while in the hospital.
Sanwo-Olu told the patients not to be depressed by their health state or for not being able to celebrate with their loved ones at home, stressing that the grace of being able to witness the season signals hope of quick recovery for them.
The Governor, who was conducted round the various wards within the hospital in the company of the Medical Director, Dr. Ayodapo Soyinka, presented gift items to the hospital patients comprising children, youths, men and women from all the Units/Wards within the facility.
He also used the opportunity of the Christmas gift presentation to the patients to commend the entire workforce of the hospital for their efforts and contributions to the realisation of his vision for the Health and Environment pillar under the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.
Listing the various giant strides made by the hospital in recent years, the Governor maintained that the achievements were only possible through the dedication and commitment of the hospital staff and the quality leadership being exemplified by the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Soyinka.
He described Alimosho General Hospital, Igando as a flagship hospital that is close to the standard of a Teaching Hospital, saying “This is the only Hospital in Lagos State that has two Maternal and Child Centre (MCC) and also boasts of the highest number of patients”.
The Governor also thanked the hospital for keeping his mandate for the health sector visible and for making governance relevant, charging the medical staff not to rest on their oars as there is lot of ground to cover.
He reminded the workforce of the essence of Christmas and urged them to maintain equal standards and passion when attending to the medical and other needs of patients regardless of their political affiliation, religion, sex, race or belief, saying that Jesus Christ was fair to everyone in all His dealings.
Sanwo-Olu also submitted that medical professionals must begin to see themselves as benchmarks for practitioners outside the country instead of always aspiring to live up to international standards. “You also can make international standard a reality despite some obvious limitations around”, the Governor stated.
Earlier, the Medical Director of Alimosho General Hospital, Dr. Ayodapo Soyinka averred that the hospital has achieved a lot in terms of efficiency and effectiveness since the beginning of the year.
According to him, the latest on the list of the hospital’s achievements is the introduction of the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and an e-card system to further improve the health care of Lagos residents.
He reported that within the short time that the EMR was introduced, over 500 persons have been registered and captured electronically.
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