Isaac Adewole, minister of health, has called on staff of federal teaching hospitals and centres across the country to market their accomplishments to show the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to providing quality healthcare to Nigerians.
According to a statement issued by Oyeboade Akinola, spokesperson of the ministry, Adewole said this during a meeting with management staff of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) in Ile-Ife.
The minister said that he was impressed by the feats accomplished by the centre.
He said Nigerians were unaware of the capacities of the hospitals as all they are aware of are the unpleasant happenings such as incessant strikes.
“We under sell ourselves” said the minister. “We have some of the finest brains you can find.”
Adewole also pledged to work with the chief medical director to project the hospital. He said that the federal government was working with Sterling Bank to document the capabilities of federal centres so that Nigerians know what they have and can do.
Briefing the minister earlier, Adetiloye, chief medical director of the centre, said the hospital has been able to handle several cases, which Nigerians ordinarily go abroad to attend to.
He said the hospital has expertise for renal transplants and has trained many other hospitals on renal care.
“We have provided over 600 laparascopy surgeries, we have successfully separated Siamese twins and performed 14 open heart surgeries, in this facility we conduct total hip and knee replacement surgeries among others,” he said.
The minister, who was on an inspection visit to the facility, also inaugurated a 50-bed maternity centre and a pharmacy complex completed by the institution.