The Lagos University University Hospital (LUTH) celebrated its COVID-19 response team on Wednesday in appreciation of the efforts made to control COVID-19 and patients.
Professor Chris Bode, LUTH Chief Medical Director (CMD), told reporters at an event to mark LUTH Day 2020 in Lagos that the response team is dedicated and alive to the dictates of the profession.
“We are gathered here today, not as a festival that used to be LUTH Day to celebrate these heroes, but also to appreciate our COVID-19 warriors who have treated more than 600 community patients for free.
“And we have learned many lessons; When many of us fled when many thought that the best thing to do was to close the doors and not control the danger of the community, they moved on.
“They are the true heroes of Nigeria. They are warriors to be celebrated. That is what we have decided to do and what means a lot to us.
“We have been so lucky that we are not dying en masse in Nigeria as is happening in the United States and Europe,” he said.
According to the CMD, the country’s health system has been questioned multiple times and the responses have been better than in many other places.
Prof. Akin Osibogun, Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Primary Health Care, delivered a keynote address on the theme: “Teamwork in managing COVID-19 in Nigeria”.
Osibogun, who was a former LUTH CMD, said that teamwork is an essential component of any efficient and effective health care service.
“Everyone matters in the management and treatment of patients. Teamwork is the key.
“Small mistakes, even by cleaners or any member of the healthcare team, can have serious consequences.”
He called on all health and medical workers to pay attention to detail and also be properly supervised, monitored and controlled.
According to him, all units and departments are working towards a common goal.
Additionally, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Highway Traffic Safety Corps (FRSC), said it was an honor to join in the celebration of the LUTH 2020 event.
Oyeyemi, who was the Special Guest of Honor, was represented by Olusegun Ogungbemide, a Corps Commander at FRSC.
He said: “Today is unique.
“Not because we are gradually emerging from the dark tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of the growing institutional awareness of the recognition of hero and heroin among us, while alive.
“This is a great way to write our national history, build patriotism, and foster commitment that gives life worthy meaning.
“The UN predicted a high death toll for Nigeria and Africa at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak as nations with a supposedly stronger health management system collapsed under the strain of the virus.
“Today, however, the grim predictions are far from being fulfilled and they are currently wondering why they wonder what happened to the strong empirical evidence supporting the projections,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that “the biggest human gap missing from that equation was the uniqueness of Nigerian doctors with the Spirit of Naija.”
He congratulated LUTH and its workers for their efforts and called for sustained zeal in the performance of their duties.