Nigerians can now save costs while enjoying access to world-class medical services. This was one of the resolutions of the management of the Iwosan Lagoon Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, during a media parley and facility tour with journalists on Friday, 6 October, 2023.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director of the hospital, Dr Ayobami Kuyoro, advised the Federal Government on how to curb the embarrassing trend of medical tourism by Nigerians, saying all it requires is the provision of basic infrastructures in improving the standard of living in the country as well as equipping the healthcare system with adequate resources for efficient services.
“Generally speaking, I think we can do better by improving people’s standard of living. Make sure the basic infrastructures are available. We must ensure that the system is working well. Everything that inhibits work should be addressed.”
She said this was what informed the action of the hospital management in investing in medical personnel and infrastructures, that are obtainable anywhere in the world. “We operate a collegiate system where every department from cardiology, nephrology, urology, mental health and so on, are fully functional. We have been accredited for housemanship in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science and so on”.
While harping on the need to shift focus from curative to preventive medicine, Managing Director of Iwosan Lagoon Hospital Outpatient Clinic/Iwosan Wellness Centre, Dr Oluwatomi Kogo, added that their Wellness Centre would be unveiled in a couple of weeks and would serve as a preventive medicine hub for Nigerians to get acquainted with trends like lifestyle modifications through nutrition, exercise and other healthy practices that would keep diseases at bay.
Responding to questions on the quality of average Nigerian’s heart health, in the face of the many socio-economic and security challenges facing Nigeria, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead of the hospital, Dr Adedeji Adebayo, said most Nigerians are ignorant of the status of their hearts’ health and so are generally predisposed to cardiac challenges. He therefore called on Nigerians to check the state of their hearts regularly in order to forestall sudden heart attacks.
The Iwosan Lagoon boss expatiated on the quality of the hospital’s human resources and medical equipment, as she disclosed that some of the world’s best hands in cardiology and nephrology work with the facility.
“We want to show the world what we have going on here. Just as you have seen, we have state- of-the-art facility, innovative technology needed in the modern day hospital. We have advanced expertise. We have different specialists both from home and abroad here,” she observed.