Tuesday 11 September 2012

Mimiko establishes medical tourism village in Ondo A100-bed

Mother and child hospital, •Gani Fawehinmi diagnostic centre, •Trauma centre; •General hospital, •Call centre, •Emergency Medical Services Hospital

1. One hundred beds hospital
2. Trauma Centre
3. Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre
4. Housing Estate for medical personnel

There is no time that God Almighty has forsaken Nigeria. Rather it is Nigeria and Nigerians that most times forget God and forsake him due to the pressing of the flesh on their souls and sensibilities.

At every point in time, God always raise up men with distinct mission and clarity of purpose and plant them in strategic nooks and crannies of the country for the betterment of the people and upliftment of the society.

Curiously however, we Nigerians, either because of our innate passion for evil and mischief or our stubborn nature against development and progress, we enjoy pulling down those who God always raised up to salvage our society from wretchedness and under development.

But they will not be deterred neither will they allowed the cacophonies of the enemies of progress distract their attention or set them off the track line.

And because they are the chosen ones, their paths will be paved and strewn with favour, goodness and mercy.

Their handiwork, achievements, strides and good work will speak for them both at home and in far away land where they will be invited to sit in high places to be honoured and decorated with garlands of pride and earn plague of gold and crystals for seeing that and doing that which their peers, colleagues and predecessors failed to see and do.

They will see diamond where their predecessors or peers find it hard to see ordinary iron fillings.

And because of their foresight and robust intelligence, they will invest in the future and use the meager resources available to them to take care of the present and plan for the future.

One of such men is Governor Rahman Olusegun Mimiko, who has been given governance a new phase and perception in Ondo –State.

Apart from approaching governance from the pro poor angle via rebuilding of old ancestral markets all over the state, the establishment of the best primary school in Nigeria called Mega primary schools, rebranding of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), establishment of the first in Africa Motor park, inauguration of three farm settlements with each assimilating over 1024 hitherto employed graduates on owner – participant basis, establishment of Abiye Hospital which has been declared as a world standard by World Health Organization(WHO) and so many others.

Being a medical doctor by profession, Dr Mimiko has taken a cursory look into the capital flight which Nigeria suffers from the act of seeking medical attention abroad which runs into millions of dollars every year.

He believed that this large sums could be retained in Nigeria to expand the economy, create jobs, mobilise wealth and keep Nigerians healthy and sound.

The first thing was to establish the Abiye concept of mother and child hospital which services child delivery, primary health care and mother and child health services not only free, but available.

The other step is the establishment of a medical village in Ondo town, on Laje Road, off Ondo-Ore Road in Ondo–West Local Government.

The Medical Village, which comprises of a 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital, Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre, Trauma Centre; General Hospital, Call Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Hospital, Heliport, staff quarters, staff school, shopping mall, and sports centre, is set to be opened to the public before month end.

The diagnostic centre with state-of-the-art medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), CT Scan, mammogram, auto analyzer, among others, and named after the late human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, has been functional since February 2011.

The entire Medical Village costs a whole lot. The trauma centre alone is almost N4 billion. The Mother and Child is close to N700 million. Then Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre is another N700 million while the shopping mall, the heliport and recreation centre run into millions of naira which is not up to a fraction of what the village will save Nigeria and Nigerian from capital flight.

Governor Mimiko sensibly arranged the medical village to serve the medical needs of a typical Nigeria in the form of; first of all, being watched over at the Trauma Centre as the case may be, then taken to the Diagnostic Centre for proper diagnosis, the lack of which has sent so many souls to early graves, after which one can within the village attend to by a hordes of medical personnel in a first class hospital, and on getting well, recuperate and go back home hale and healthy without wasting money on foreign trips and its attendant personal cost and its affliction on the nation’s economy.

This you will agree is not just a wishful thinking or a development of overnight brain- wave, but a matter of a man who has a well horned and researched blue print which has been expertly worked over before he became the Governor.

According to Eni Akinsola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor “Governor Mimiko has a lot on his sleeves to offer the people of the state. He is daily working and thinking about how Ondo state will continued to shine, remain the best and strive forward. He has a lot to offer the Ondo people nay Nigerian if he has more time and opportunities.He is God sent.

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