By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has expressed excitement at the state-of-the-art Specialist Hospital built by Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) in Benin.
Speaking at the commissioning of the facility in Benin City, the State governor, Godwin Obaseki paid tribute to the chairman, the board of directors of the hospital, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe for his commitment to job creation and for providing healthcare.
He said his administration has launched the Edo Healthcare Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) and the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) to facilitate healthcare delivery in the State.
Our correspondent reports that the 70-bed hospital seeks to reduce medical tourism by Nigerians by providing access to world-class medical diagnostics and solutions.
In a remark, Godwin Ehigiamusoe, chairman, the board of directors of the hospital, assured that the medical care also seeks to enhance the health status of Nigerians, especially in Benin City and environs through the provision of quality medical services that are accessible and affordable.
He said the organization was motivated to set up the medical facility to address preventable deaths arising from inadequate medical.
He also decried lack of access quality diagnostic service and quality healthcare in rural Communities which he said the facility was out to address.
According to him, the Benin Medical Care which is a multi-specialist entity envisaged to be a center of excellence in medical care in the region. BMC shall in conjunction with LAPO-NGO, run community health outreach programmes.
“Major components of the programme shall include rural mobile clinics which shall provide opportunities for rural dwellers to have access to basic medical services
“Mobile phone health services which shall enable patients in remote communities to be reached with basic medical services through digital channels and Community-based health insurance scheme through which cost of access to health services will be lowered for needy individuals.
“BMC diagnostics which is well-resourced entity is to provide excellent diagnostic services, State- of- lthe–art facilities include 1-5T MRI, 64 slice CT Scan, digital mammography, 40 ultrasound scan, digital X-rays, ECG as well as fluoroscopy, and fully automated laboratory services”, he said.
He, however, noted that with adequate planning and dedication to excellent services the double bottom-line of profit and social goal can be achieved in healthcare management.