By Victoria Onehi
Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited has commissioned a 120-bed Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos.
At the LUTH commissioning on Monday, NLNG’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, represented by Mr. Andy Odeh, General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, said the goal of the project was to support the provision of quality medical care for Nigerians through the improvement of tertiary healthcare delivery system in the country, with attendant impacts on medical research and retention of in-country medical expertise.
He said the Company has helped in reshaping the country’s health sector for a better and more responsive system on the road to making it a destination for world-class healthcare delivery. He called on LUTH’s management to ensure that the facilities were put to practical use for patients and training purposes.
With the commissioning of the 120-bed Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos.,NLNG has began another round of commissioning of Phase 1 projects in its multi-billion-naira Hospital Support Programme (NLNG HSP) in Lagos, Kano, Bayelsa and Cross River states.
The commissioning of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos. will be immediately followed by the commissioning of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Yenagoa; an Occupational Therapy and Neuromodulation Rehabilitation Centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano; and a Neurosurgical and Stroke Centre at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar.
The Minister of State for Health, Mr. Ekumankama Nkama, thanked the initiators and managers of the project for a proper execution, adding that the ward, which was built about 60 years ago had not undergone any major renovation.
“This project has complimented the efforts of the federal Government in improving the quality of healthcare in LUTH. The project is the renovation and equipping of the 120-bed Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward at Block C section of the hospital. It is important to note that Block C was built about 60 years ago and has not undergone any major renovation since then. The Federal Government and the Ministry of Health are grateful to NLNG for this wonderful gesture. We are also mindful of the Company’s other efforts in supporting insfrastructure renewal in all sectors, particularly the health sector,” he said.
The newly commissioned LUTH project entailed the complete renovation and upgrade of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Ward C) Block, a four-storey building, and the provision of 120 beds to serve the prenatal and postnatal services. Other facilities include a waiting room, nurses stations, private wards, consulting rooms, radiation room, and doctors and nurses call rooms, among other facilities.
Also speaking, Acting Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Professor Wasiu Adeyemo, appealed to well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and multinational companies to extend their corporate social responsibilities to the institution.
“On behalf of the board of management, staff and students of LUTH, and Nigerians in general, I would like to publicly appreciate this singular effort by Nigeria LNG to contribute their own quota as part of their CSR to improve the facilities in our hospital. I am aware this project is among the 6 projects in Phase 1 of their efforts. I want to plead that LUTH is remembered when subsequent phases of your efforts in improving facilities in our hospital begin. We shall be forever grateful,” he noted.