The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has tasked the newly inaugurated Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital to turn the teaching hospital to a centre of medical excellence, that will rank with global standards.
He gave this charge on Monday during the inauguration of the Council which is headed by Dr. Adekunle Hassan.
The governor said the medical institution deserved good hands at this critical period of health challenges such as COVID-19, and HIV/AIDS among others.
He described the inauguration as another symbolic representation of his administration’s commitment to place OOUTH on a firm and solid ground towards returning it to its glory and ensuring that it remained the pride of all by continuing to fulfil the dreams of the founding fathers.
He said: “As I inaugurate this new governing council peopled by men and women of unimpeachable integrity and sound footing.”
However, other members of thr 12-Man governing council include Dr. (Mrs) Bisola Shodipo-Clark; Mr Sammy Ogunjimi; Mr Solu Abimbola; Dr. Peter Adefuye; Chief Medical Director, OOUTH; Prof. Tola Olatunji, Provost, College of Health Sciences (OOUTH); Prof. Adediwura Fred Jaiyesimi, Representative of Senate (OOU), and Prof. Ayodeji Johnson Agboola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (OOU).
Other members are Dr. (Mrs) Bunmi Fatungase, Chair, Medical Advisory Council (OOUTH); Dr. Oluwole. O. Kukoyi, Representing Nigerian Medical Association; Pharmacist Lekan Asuni, Representing Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, and Dr. Solomon Sokunbi, Deputy Director, Hospital Services, Ministry of Health.
The governor added that, “You have been carefully selected because of your diverse wealth of experience, expertise and wisdom and on you we are investing the future of human capital development in healthcare, research and medical scholarship.
“It is important to remind you that you are coming at a crucial time in the history of medicare in the world. The challenges of COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, Ebola and other hitherto unknown ailments cannot defy solution with men and women like you providing leadership to OOUTH.
“The OOUTH too is a baby that must live and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with her contemporaries across the globe. At a critical economic period in our national nay state development history, we need to lay all good hands like yours on the deck.
“Therefore I charge you to appreciate the enormity of the assignment. I expect you to be innovative and adaptive. In fact, you may have to make bricks without straws. You may have to think not just outside the box, but in fact without the box.
“We expect to see new ways of doing things and ensure a sustainable legacy of efficiency and effectiveness that will continue to make OOUTH a leader, that it should be and it is, amongst Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria and outside our shores.”
In his remark, the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Adekunle Hassan, noted that though the task ahead was a huge, with the calibre of hands on deck, the council would surmount any difficulties.