A private University, Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (“IUTH”), has concluded plans with an Indian Medical Firm to set up a Radiotherapy and Oncology Centre in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
Professor Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye, Chief Medical Director of IUTH, a haematologist disclosed this during the just concluded IUTH retreat with the theme, “Retrofitting and Repositioning Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital as a Centre of Excellence and Medical Tourism in Nigeria”, organized for members of the Board of Management and Hospital Management Committee.
Bazuaye a pioneer stem cell transplant surgeon for cure in anaemia focusing on Sub Sahara Africa, said the Radiotherapy and Oncology Centre, which will commence operations in February 2021, will be the only functional centre in Southern Nigeria thus making Edo State a hub of Medical Tourism.
Declaring the 3-day retreat open at The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI), University of Benin, the Honourable Chancellor of IUTH, His Excellency, Sir Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion CFR, The Esama of Benin Kingdom, challenged delegates to
Delegates were urged to ensure the sustenance and continuity of his vision for IUTH the hospital which was established on May 4th, 1993.
The Esama of Benin Kingdom, while expressing optimism that a positive turn around in IUTH will be achieved as a result of the Retreat, expressed deep appreciation to Prof Friday Okonofua for volunteering to host the programme.
Chief Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, Deputy Chancellor of IUTH, who chaired the event, charged members of the Board and Hospital Management Committee to rise up to the occasion and take IUTH to enviable heights to sustain the laudable vision of IUTH’s founder: The Esama of Benin Kingdom.
Prof. Abiodun Illesanmi, Chairman of the Board of Management of IUTH, eulogized The Esama of Benin Kingdom, for his foresight and invaluable contribution to humanity with the establishment of IUTH and urged Management and Staff to redouble their efforts and take ownership of the Hospital to return it to its pride of place.
Prof. Bazuaye also disclosed that a state of art IUTH Diagnostics Centre is to commence operations by February 2021 in Benin City.
Other far reaching decisions geared towards total repositioning of IUTH included the formal introduction of the new hospital administrator, Mr. Michael Strauss.