Ibadan - University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday commenced three days of activities to mark its 56th anniversary.
The anniversary programmes with the theme, "Rebirth of Excellence; Caring for the Elderly’’, will end on Wednesday, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Temitope Alonge, said.
Alonge told newsmen that the year had given unprecedented attention to the plight of the elderly in Nigeria.
“Therefore, the hospital keyed into this current global health focus by choosing the theme to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the hospital,” he said.
Alonge said activities lined up for the programme included a hospital grand round, morning walk by the elderly and the inauguration of the hospital’s new multipurpose hall.
He enumerated few of the hospital’s achievements in the past 12 months as the inauguration of two new wards for the use of the Pediatrics Department.
“In response to the desire to expand healthcare needs and improve service delivery of our children, we commissioned: South East Ground Ward and Infectious Diseases Ward.
“In addition, the hospital has commissioned a new Pediatrics Surgery Ward exclusively for children requiring surgical attention. With this dedicated Ward, it is believed that surgical services for children will be on the upward trend,” he said.
Alonge also said that the management completed a multipurpose hall to provide a befitting hall for conferences and other needs.
“Needs assessment were carried out by the management of the hospital before embarking on these projects and I believe that as other needs arise, management will also rise to meet them as best as she can,” he said.
He said that UCH remained the pride of the nation in respect of healthcare delivery.
On the issue of the resident doctors’ strike at UCH, Alonge stressed that it remained a national issue and not local.
“Their salaries should be paid by the Federal Government and I believe they are doing everything possible to pay them the money. "I hope they will be paid before the month end so that they could start work,” he said.