THE GOVERNOR of Lagos State, Mr.
Akinwunmi Ambode has commended the
management of Cedarcrest Hospitals for
establishing a branch of the hospital in Lagos.
Governor Ambode made the commendation
at the official commissioning of the hospital
situated on Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria
Island, Lagos.
The Governor, who was the special guest
of honour, was represented by the state
Commissioner for Wealth Creation and
Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti,
who stated that the establishment of an arm of
the hospital in Lagos aligns with the “strategic
roadmap of the administration” which has the
health and welfare of all its citizens at heart.
He enjoined Lagosians to take advantage of
the qualitative healthcare delivery that the
hospital, through its specialized services, is
bringing to the state.
Also speaking at the commissioning, the
Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Felix
Ogedegbe said the hospital has played a
critical role in saving Nigeria foreign exchange
through the spacialised services offers. This,
he pointed out, has reduced the number of
Nigerians going to other countries for medical
tourism. Beyond that, he said Nigeria now
earns foreign exchange as patients from
neighbouring African countries now patronize
the hospital.
“We have patients from neighbouring
countries that come here for treatment.
Some patients previously operated abroad
unsuccessfully, have had to be re-operated here
in Cedarcrest. Our operations in Abuja, Lagos
and Port Harcourt have catered for nearly
40,000 new patients and over 70,000 returning
patients over the last 10years, saving the
country huge amounts in foreign exchange.”
He added that serving Nigerians diligently
is at the heart of what the hospital stands for.
“As a result of our specialized services, some
Nigerians, who hitherto travel outside our
shores, are now assured that they can get the
best here even though they have the resources
to travel abroad for treatment. We have worked
tirelessly to change the perception Nigerian
patients have toward our local hospitals. Our
business does not end in treating the rich only;
we look after all shades of Nigerians – rich and
poor.”
He further said since inception in 2008,
Cedarcrest hospitals have been at the forefront
of promoting the local availability of world
class healthcare to Nigerians. “Why really do
our people need to go abroad at great costs
when we have the capacity to do so much at
home?” Ogedegbe queried.
He pointed out that Cedarcrest has grown
in leaps and bounds from a monospecialty 12
bed hospital in Garki, Abuja. “We commenced
operations in Port Harcourt working out of the
Shell Hospital in 2009, became multiepsccialty
in 2010 and opened the first Lagos hospital
in Ikeja in 2012. Today we boast of about 110
beds. Our flagship purpose built is now 95%
complete with trauma centre, major radiologic
modalities including MRI, CT scan, digital
X rays, bone densitometry, USS and modern
admission wards.”
Furthermore, he added that it is common
practice to hear Nigerians castigating our
hospitals for falling short of expectations
because of the problems inherent in the
environment we work and live in. Rather than
bemoan the situation, he noted that Cedarcrest
chose to take a holistic approach to providing
quality healthcare delivery that has earned
it an enviable place in the health sector. “We
make our own oxygen; we generate our own
air power and run multiple electrical backup
systems for our equipment.”
He also revealed that the hospital has also
established a factory where prosthetic limbs
would be produced here in Nigeria. The facility
will produce prosthetic limbs in conjunction
with Ottobock of Germany. Our specialist
reach now includes orthopedic surgery
neurosurgery, vascular surgery, interventional
radiology, eyes surgery, ENT surgery, general
and gastrointestinal surgery, general medicine,
dermatology, cardiology, paediatric, and
obstetrics and gynecology, among others.”

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