Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says the institution has several reasons to celebrate its modest achievements on its 60th anniversary.
Bode made this known on Monday in Lagos at the opening ceremony marking LUTH’s 60th anniversary.
He said that the institution had, over the years, remained one of the best teaching/specialist hospital in Nigeria.
“A major breakthrough of the successful conception and delivery of the first authentic test tube (In-Vitro-Fertilisation) baby was performed by the duo of Prof Frank Giwa-Osagie and Prof Oladapo Ashiru.
“LUTH has the highest concentration of skilled medical and paramedical staff in different areas of medicine.
“LUTH also boasts of a comprehensive Diagnostic Centre and VIP Clinic, state of the art Laboratories, Radiotherapy and Renal Dialysis facilities.
“From a humble beginning of 330 beds, LUTH today, is the largest Teaching Hospital in Nigeria with over 1000 beds and with the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos,” he said.
The CMD said that LUTH had trained hundreds of medical, dental, pharmacy and other allied health science students and produced thousands of nurses, laboratory scientists among others.
He said that LUTH was a unique institution in not only having such a large catchment population but also having a large concentration of highly specialised manpower.
He said the manpower enabled it to respond to a variety of health conditions and training since 1962, contributing in no small way in the training of medical and paramedical personnel.
Bode said that LUTH was the only federal teaching hospital with its independent power project that generated its own electricity.
He said that a new complex, comprising five buildings of four floors each to house 256 consultation rooms, 16 waiting areas, 16 nursing stations, eight meeting rooms and many other facilities, was presently under construction.
According to him, LUTH has grown from a 500-bedded hospital to 760-bedded facility, and then to more than 1000-bedded hospital serving more than 25 million people in Lagos and its neighbouring states.
“Recently LUTH played a very significant role in stemming the tide of COVID-19 pandemic. As we look to the future, we must reflect on the past 60 years and imagine what LUTH shall be at its centennial in another 40 years.
“There will always be challenges, let us focus on the celebration, life is full of challenges, but we are here to rise to surmount the challenges,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LUTH @60 logo was also unveiled immediately after the opening ceremony.
NAN also reports that there will be series of events spread over three months in celebration of LUTH @60.