Nigerian health sector last week received a boost with the introduction of Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, NHEA. The award, which has been adjudged as a competitive development honoured Reddington Hospital, Lagos as best private healthcare provider of the year award.
The NHEA which stakeholders posited has reintroduced excellence in the sector has 16 categories which included; private healthcare provider of the year; public healthcare provider of the year; Outstanding Government Healthcare programme of the year; nursing and midwifery excellence award; Pharmaceutical company of the year; Private laboratory service provider of the year; Lifetime achievements award among others.
Capacity of health officers The award, according to the organizers, is to recognise the rapid growth of the healthcare sector and the capacity of health officers to influence and set new performance standards in Nigeria and beyond. Receiving the award on behalf of the management of Reddington hospital, Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer Reddington hospital, Dr. Adeyemi Onabowale who described the award as a well deserved award said: “We have intelligent staff, medical practitioners of international repute; we are focus and committed to our vision and today we can all see the result.” The hospital was awarded the Private healthcare provider of the year.
The hospital was nominated alongside Cedarcrest hospital, Lagoon hospital and Lilly hospital. Onabowale stressed that reddington hospital was focused to ensure quality healthcare of international standard for Nigerians to check the trend of medical tourism. He further stressed the need for the Nigerian government to recognise the importance of private public partnership in the delivery of healthcare services.
“We need to come together to fight medical terrorism and the money citizens spent on medical tourism will be used to develop our industries in the country.” Corroborating his views, elated General Manager of the hospital, Mr. Andy Cunliffe said reddington provides care in all fields of internal medicine, including cardiology, with its own coronary.
Cunliffe described the award a reward for excellence to the staff, doctors, management staff and most especially the CEO of the hospital. ”We are the only hospital in the country that have received international quality privatization recognition in Africa and even globally; our vision as multi-specialist services to people of Lagos and also Nigeria. We want the Nigerian government to partner with the private sector to promote the health sector to the desired.