As Access Bank, others support hospital
By Chioma Obinna
Worried by the billions of Naira spent by Nigerians on medical touris, the Duchess International Hospital, a purpose-built 100-bed, fully ensuite hospital facility offering primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services across a range of specialist and sub-speciality areas has opened in Lagos.
A subsidiary of the Reddington Hospital Group, Duchess was built to reverse the trend of people travelling abroad for medical treatment and was made possible by funding from Access Bank Plc, Bank of Industry and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to teh operators, the hospital was uniquely positioned to solve the problem of access to affordable healthcare on behalf of local communities across the country as it is located within a few minutes of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, 90 minutes by air from any state capital in Nigeria and accessible within two hours from most major capital cities across West Africa.
The Chairman of the Duchess Hospital Board of Directors, Dr Adeyemi Onabowale said the commissioning of the hospital has raised the bar for health care standards in Nigeria, where the best in hospital care will be delivered together with world-class hospitality service.
“We are delighted to have assembled an outstanding team of healthcare professionals. Our clinical leadership and expert specialist consultants have distinguished themselves in careers in the UK National Health Service (NHS), the United States and in various robust clinical programmes in other parts of the world.”
Onabowale said Duchess Hospital intends to collaborate with the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College to address the skill gaps in Fellowship Residency training by offering the facilities and expertise for the use of the Fellows.
“The Duchess provides an impressive range of advanced and highly sophisticated facilities across a variety of specialties. The hospital offers the most advanced cardiac catheterisation (Cath lab) suite in Africa combined with the requisite international expertise and experience to provide minimally invasive(interventional) cardiological treatments and “open-heart” surgery in accordance with internationally accepted standards of practice.
Speaking, the Chief Executive Officer, Duchess international Hospital, Dr Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey lamented that Nigeria loses approximately $1.2 annually to medical tourism, adding that, the mission of the hospital was to reverse medical tourism by delivering the highest standards of care, using the most advanced technology and treatments to give patients the fastest, most convenient access to the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world.
According to Dr Shitta-Bey, the Radiology department is equipped with leading-edge digital imaging technology to provide a complete range of diagnostic and interventional services. The Duchess Hospital has five operating theatres, dedicated specialist wards, separate specialist intensive care units for adults, children and new-bornbabies, telemedicine and teleconference facilities, and a full complement of additional specialist services such as ear, nose and throat (ENT), audiology, dental, physiotherapy, dietetics and ophthalmology.
The family medicine and urgent care clinic is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. All services at the Duchess International Hospital are supported by four specialised in-house pharmacies.
Speaking as the special guest of honour, the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo acknowledged the Duchess International Hospital as a prime example of excellence and innovation in the Nigerian healthcare industry.