By Dayo Johnson, Regional Editor, South-West
BORN 64 years ago in Ororuwo in Boripe local government area of Osun State, Bishop Felix Aderemi Adejumo did not have the luxury of a hospital when his parents gave birth to him.
But, today, this anointed man of God has, together with his darling wife, a renowned motivational speaker, Rev. Funke Adejumo, built and donated a 60-bed-space, state-of-the-art facility, Karis Life Hospital, to his community, about 32 kilometres from Osogbo, the state capital. He has given back to the place of his birth what he never had the opportunity to enjoy.
The health facility, according to Adejumo, is a family and children hospital designed to provide medical care in a comfortable and convenient environment for everyone.
The joy of the people of Ororuwo, especially their traditional ruler, Oba Oba Kamoru Adeyanju, knew no bounds as they trooped out enmasse full of praises to God and the Adejumos for the donation of the facility, the first of its kind in the history of the agrarian community.
June 20, the day the hospital was dedicated, turned out to be one of twin celebrations as the donor, Adejumo, equally marked his 64th birthday.
The hospital boasts of medical supplies and equipment, a modern laboratory, a full-fledged pharmacy and multiple medical services including maternity and gynaecology units in addition to general practice.
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard in an interview, the bishop said, “The life of man makes sense only in the context of others. The essence of living is built on the concept of relationship – without others, you cannot go far in life.
“My wife and l are sincerely and profusely grateful to God for this day, because we see it as the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our sight. Today is historical for me because I did not have the luxury of a hospital or even a dispensary when I was born 64 years ago. Karis Life Hospital began with a vision planted in our hearts some years ago, a dream to bring affordable healthcare services to the Ororuwo community and environs.
“We decided to build the hospital because of the widespread poverty in the land. Many cannot afford to pay for health services. I was born in this community. So, the vision came out of compassion for the people.
“Many of the hospitals around here are not well equipped and, at the same time, the people cannot even afford it. It is not actually for profit”.
Adejumo went on, “This is an initiative to redefine the health sector and support the efforts of the Osun government and the nation at large.
“Today is remarkable because what we thought will be difficult, God has made possible. It is another confirmation that anything is possible if there is a vision and a determination and just holding fast to God’s Word.
“This is a charismatic response to the call of God to further impact lives across generations burning from the overwhelming mortality rate in Nigeria.
“By the grace of God, we decided to further curb this menace”.
According to him, the vision of the hospital is to deliver world class and affordable services to all while the mission is to provide excellent healthcare service by ensuring effective and professional process standard.
“The hospital would improve the health of the community and environs. It will also serve as a source of employment for members of the community, extending our mission to eradicate poverty and make impact.
“Actually, the hospital is in phases. This is just the first phase. It is a tertiary institution. What we have for now is the primary and secondary. We still have in mind to have a general hospital because we still have about 10 acres of land.
“The way we designed it, it is going to be a teaching hospital. We also have in mind to have a school of midwifery and nursing. This place will be like a teaching hospital for them where they can do research.”
Speaking also, the wife of the celebrant, Funke, described the initiative as a dream come true.
“l thank God that Karis Life Hospital has eventually become a reality and it is being commissioned on a special day. l am overwhelmed and grateful to God for this grace and the opportunity to establish this platform”, she said.
“I want to thank my husband for believing in my dream and his support all the way. He is special to me and l celebrate him as he clocks 64”.
The Oba of Ororuwo, Oba Kamoru Adeyanju, appreciated the gesture of the couple, appealing to other indigenes to contribute their quota to the development of the town.
“lt is a laudable initiative and it will be of great benefit to us. I cannot thank Bishop Felix Adejumi enough for the construction of this big hospital in his country home. It is a new dawn in Ororuwo.
“On behalf of the entire community, we say thank you and promise to make good use of it”.
Those who attended the event include the First Lady of Oyo State, Florence Ajimobi; her counterpart from Kwara State, Omolewa Ahmed; Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Abdurauf Adedeji; Oniresi of Iresi, Oba Sikiru Adeseun; Orangun of Ila and many other traditional rulers. Also at the occasion were representatives of the governors of Osun and Oyo states.
In her goodwill message, Omolewa Ahmed commended the celebrant for giving back to the society.
Her words, “This is a clear demonstration of service to humanity and it will go a long way to help the people meet their medical needs”.
Mrs Florence Ajimobi extolled Adejumo for his contribution to the development of his native community.
The commissioning of the hospital elicited a lot of excitement among residents of the community who prayed for long life for the Adejumos.