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By Lere Olayinka

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Dr. Patrick Adegun has eulogized the State Governor; Engr. Segun Oni for the establishment of the Ophthalmological Centre in the UTH, describing the Eye Centre as the best in the country.

Dr. Adegun, who was speaking during a visit to the governor yesterday, said; “the only Eye Centre that can compete with the one established in the State is Eye Centre in Kano.

“However, the one in Ado-Ekiti enjoys a pride of place over the Kano Eye Centre because while the Kano hospital was established in the early 20th century, and is presently upgrading its equipment; that of Ado-Ekiti kicked off with the millennium state –of-the –art-equipment, which could be found in best Ophthalmological Centres around the world.”

Commenting on the ongoing second phase of the free eye surgery, he said about 405 patients already screened would benefit from the exercise, having been earlier on screened and diagnosed of cataract and pterygium.

He said in January, this year, over 3,000 eye patients were treated free at the Eye Centre out which 472 patients were operated upon and over 500 retractions done.

Dr. Adegun, a renowned Urologist said since he took the mantle of the leadership as the first Acting Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, two years ago, his management has embarked on vigorous restructuring programmes both in the area of infrastructural development and human resources re-orientation.

He added that the UTH has been affiliated to a reputable University in Switzerland.

Adegun further disclosed that his management was embarking on a turn-around programme that would put hospital on the same pedestal with other teaching hospitals in the country, adding that; “arrangement is on to procure an ICT Scanning Machine which would be one of its kind in this side of the clime.”

The CMD noted that when this feat is achieved, the teaching hospital would enjoy more patronage as hospitals in neighbouring states would be referring some of their patients to the teaching hospital.

Commenting on the death of a journalist, Dipo Okunmuyide, who had an auto accident and was rushed to the hospital at the wee hours of Sunday, June 27, 2010, the CMD said the hospital gave the best treatment it could offer to the deceased and decided to refer him to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan when it became apparent that he (Okunmuyide) required more medical attention.

He said it was the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Femi Thomas, who personally revived the late journalist, when he was rushed to the hospital in the night, adding that; “patients are referred if the physician in treating a patient discover that his hospital lacks the necessary facility to guarantee the survival of a patient, because no doctor would be happy to see that he fails to save a soul. This is a common practice and patients are also being referred from other hospitals to the UTH.”

He bemoaned the politicizing of issues bordering on human lives, saying; “It is painful that some people are now trying to use the death of the journalist to win cheap political points by making inflammatory comments in the media but as a professional, all that I can do is to leave them to their jaundiced opinion.”