The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and specialist consultants from Apollo Hospital in India on Wednesday offered free professional medical consultation to patients battling with chronic and life-threatening diseases at the hospital in Ikeja.
The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Wale Oke, speaking at a joint Press Conference with representatives of Apollo Hospital, said that the partnership with the Indian consultants was in furtherance of the hospital’s vision to provide quality health care to residents of the State, especially those who are confronted with serious health challenges that require more professional expertise.
The CMD who was represented by the Director of Clinical Services of LASUTH, Dr. Ayoade Adedokun, explained further that professional collaborations across the globe result in skills and technology transfer to resident doctors of the hospital for improved performance.
“The fact is that it is impossible for you to fight your enemy if you don’t know who your enemy is. Medically, it is believed that diagnosis is fifty percent of the cure. With this partnership, patients would be free from the fear of the unknown or the situation of using wrong medication for unrelated ailments” he said.
According to Oke, “the screening and consultation will also help address a situation whereby some patients embark on a fruitless journey outside the country for ailments that could be managed locally. When you are sure of the diagnosis then you can be confident of the strategies to adopt.”
He assured that LASUTH had already commenced the process of being self-reliant in health care delivery even though the vision would take a long time to achieve, saying that it is better for indigenous doctors to manage the health challenges of citizens within their local environments.
Also speaking at the event, the leader of the group of Indian Doctors, Dr. Robin Khosa said his team would screen patients and provide a free consultation to residents of the State with some chronic health challenges. The beneficiaries are expected to take further actions based on the professional advice received from the medical personnel.
The exercise covered Oncology related issues, heart problems, Kidney transplantation, Vascular Access and Laparoscopic surgery among others.