Africa’s foremost Teaching Hospital, The University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan is upgrading her facilities for the diagnosis of diseases that are endemic to Nigeria.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Hospital, Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo said this in Ibadan at the celebration of his one year in office as CMD.
AS the Hospital is currently improving on her laboratories, Prof. Otegbayo said, “we are working to bring back our cardiac programme which has been in lieu for quite a while. We also intend that the kidney transplant that was done last week becomes sustainable”.
Harassed by incessant power cut from the public power supply while the event was on, Prof Otegbayo told his audience that his three major challenges were “power, power, light and yea to add the fourth, water”.
He disclosed that the UCH was powered by 75 Generators spread across their premises to power the services of the institution adding that “erratic power supply was hindering our services, research and training’’. UCH trains thousands of medical students, medical registrars and consultants annually who are pivot to medical developments across the globe.
Prof Otegbayo said although they generate 200 million Naira monthly but it was not enough to take care of their responsibilities as several people render support services to the Hospital.
Member of the Board of Trustee of the Hospital, Dr. Toyin Okeowo lamented the lost glory of the famous health center, UCH explaining that it was only 20 years ago that UCH was 4th best in the Commonwealth region.
Part of the programme of the one year anniversary was the commissioning of the refurbished Blood Bank and laboratory of the institution.
- By Eniola Olatunji.