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HEALTH TOURISM :AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AIMS TO CUB GOVERNMENTS OFFICIALS TRIPS ABROAD
By Chief Cerutti Mike Osagie
Editor-in-Chief

" Health is Wealth "- Saying of the Wise
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Every year, Nigerians from all walk of life- from top government officials to the super Rich class spends millions of dollars travelling abroad for cure of one ailment or the other, in what is now referred to as " Health Tourism "
But this wasteful spending may soon be a thing of the past with the birth of the eye popping and magnificent high-tech multi-system hospital just commissioned by Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), - this may in large way be a permanent solution to outward medical tourism.
The N50b health facility, the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa, according to experts is yet another historic landmark dream achieved by the founder and promoter of the university, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), who has been internationally acclaimed as “the agent of change through qualitative education.”
Our investigation shows that the over 400-bed multi-system Hospital, sitting on six hectares of land has nine blocks, with each consisting of four floors, while the middle block has five floors, making a total of 37 floors, has attracted many dignitaries globally to either catch a glimpse of the state-of-the-art hospital or seek partnership to provide modern healthcare.
The ABUAD Teaching Hospital is said to be the first to instal the automated device that helps in medical transportation. It has 29 service centres that connect the Pharmacy, Laboratories, Five Modular theatres, and other operating theatres, Radio Frequency Cage, where the 2017 model of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was installed, and the wards.
So, this means, rather than walk or climb stairs to any of the laboratories to request for a pint of blood or submit sample, with a touch of computer, the request is made and will be supplied in less than a minute. Also from a spot, a sample can be sent to anywhere within the hospital without physical handling.
The inter-operative teleconferencing technology five Modular theatres are amazing. They are not only being equipped with the best in the world, but they also have their uniqueness in the digital installations that allow medical students and patients’ relatives to watch the surgical operation as being performed, as well as interact with the surgeon, while dissecting the body without entering the theatre.

The innovative equipment used in the digital theatres will allow surgeons to have complete control over every aspect of the procedure.
Aside major wards, where each bed is connected with the oxygen, there are five-star rooms for wealthy patients, equipped with kitchenette and sophisticated gadget to provide maximum comfort while receiving treatment. Indeed, everything that is needed for the patient’s quick recovery is available.
While 24-hour electricity and water supply is taken for granted, there are five elevators and ramps to assist movement of people within the hospital that has its own oxygen plant house, where it generates its medical gas.
* THE MAN, AARE AFE & HIS VISION
Many who are familiar with Afe Babalola’s achievements in various fields of human endeavours know that he has become a brand synonymous with excellence. However, the only thing that keeps surprising many is why a man that is almost joining the league of nonagenarians could still be much concerned about changing the world for the better.
When he set out to stop mass exodus of Nigerian youths from acquiring quality education abroad, he established a university, which the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) has described as a model and benchmark for other universities in the country. And the new teaching hospital, no doubt, would equally stem the tide of Nigerians going to foreign hospitals.
Speaking about his vision of setting up this health edifice, the Aare Afe Babalolal, said:
" The truth is that an average Nigerian believes the white man is superior to us. That is why you have a native orange, but the one they considered sweet is the foreign one. Even when you are good, Nigerians would still want to go to hospitals being managed by white man. Our own Nigerian doctors will work hand-in-hand with white doctors for a long time here
“We need to give it an international flavour, which is why there will be foreign doctors, nurses and laboratory scientists working with Nigerian experts. And very soon, our people will learn that Nigerian doctors are as good as their foreign counterparts.
“As a matter of fact, we already put in place an arrangement to have some nurses from Canada, who will work alongside our nurses. Besides, we also have an agreement with Howard University, United States in matters relating to pharmacy. In fact, they wanted to build a drug manufacturing company here, using African herbs.
“We don’t want to make it just a hospital, but a teaching place, a learning place, a research centre, and of course, an international healthcare centre. We are aware we can achieve that not by mere declaration, but by action. Hence, we entered into a special relationship and partnership with Aster Hospital in Dubai. This is a hospital with international reputation. They came here and they were marvelled at the huge investment, and they agreed to cooperate with us.
“On the day of the commissioning, they are sending 10 specialists in different areas of medical care, who will perform 50 operations in difficult areas within one week here free of charge. Under the arrangement, some of the specialists will be here and some will be coming and going. So, there is no reason for anybody to go overseas for medical attention.
“The most important aspect of any hospital is the laboratory. Most Nigerian hospitals don’t have modern laboratory equipment. We have entered into agreement with Abbot Laboratories of the United States, who are adjudged the best in the world. So, instead of just supplying us with the equipment, which may not be managed properly or becoming obsolete, they will also install, manage, service and render service to the patients. With that, we have solved the problems of many Nigerians hospitals, where though laboratories are installed, but they won’t function. They will take 60 per cent of the profit, while we take only 40 per cent.
“We also have arrangement with other healthcare suppliers in the world, including Nurella of India. They are the one installing Prematic Tube, which is the first of its kind in this part of the world. It services all the 37 points in the hospital within 60 seconds. If you need anything, like you need blood now, you will get it in less than a minute or you want to send any sample to the lab, it gets there within a minute. Besides we have state-of-the-art five modular theatres where no air comes in to avoid infection. We have all equipment needed for scanning, including 2017 model of MRI." It is our hope and believe that what many Nigerians and indeed Africans are traveling to search in western world will be got here in our hospital system " he said


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