Compliments of the season to all especially viewers to Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) website from the editorial desk.

Despite the challenges we have gone through as an editorial committee, we are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring LASUTH is projected appropriately and globally in light of the various limitations encountered. To this end we introduce the maiden edition of “Whispers from the Editorial Desk” titled “Can LASUTH be a medical tourism destination? “ Health is wealth is an adage which implies that it is only when one is healthy that you can think of wealth which may be knowledge or idea, material, financial etc.

Unfortunately, In Nigeria there has been infrastructural decadence of health facilities with use of substandard or inferior quality equipment managed by half trained or poorly updated medical professionals which overtime had led to wrong diagnosis and mismanagement with resultant erosion of patients’ confidence and trust in hospitals to deliver required expertise and service. This really underscores the fact that health as a social service in a developing country such as ours should neither be the prerogative of Government alone nor should health be free but rather should be affordable.

Lagos State has carved a niche for herself in the committee of states from the days of visionary former Governor Bola Tinubu to relentless former Governor Babatunde Fashola and presently the proactive and unassuming Governor Akinwunmi Ambode where there has been a continuum in implementation of ideas and work plan for evolution of a fully-fledged functional health system which has led to the transformation of a cottage hospital formerly General hospital, Ikeja into a rapidly expanding teaching hospital of world class standards. The Government over the years had encouraged more of private investments which has rapidly transformed the hospital from what it used to be.

In view of this foresight by past & present Governments of Lagos State this led me to wonder “Can LASUTH be a medical tourism destination?” my answer is YES. Only recently, the present Government of His Excellency Akinwumi Ambode commissioned a world-class Critical Care Unit with a helipad reiterating the importance of evacuation of critically ill patients during emergency either into or out the hospital as the case demands.

These and other ongoing projects like the BT diagnostic centre, a one stop facility for diagnosis of ailments and the ultra- modern Ayinke House, a modern Obstetrics and Gynaecology centre with more sophisticated theatres and bed spaces for Lagosians. The Lagos state Government had already commissioned a world class Trauma and Renal centre which would serve as annex of LASUTH.

I am also aware that the Lagos State Government is working out a comprehensive health insurance Scheme to start with civil servants and probably to involve private individuals and companies later.

Although, there is still more to do especially in the areas of manpower training and skills with knowledge updating or acquisition for better service delivery to the populace, I have no doubt that LASUTH can eventually be a medical tourism destination as obtained in other developed countries of the world.

Under sound health policies with strategies and appropriate advocacy to stakeholders in private and public concerns by Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris which would be implemented by the indefatigable Chief Medical Director, Prof Wale Oke, LASUTH may be on her way to the zenith of a world class teaching hospital with a private public model like the Dubai healthcare city in United Arab Emirates, Cleveland Hospital Group in USA etc

Finally all hands must be on deck to make this is a dream come true and etch our hands on the sand of times.

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