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Elebute honoured, urges FG to prioritise universal healthcare insurance

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Emmanuel Elebute, a professor, founder and promoter of Lagoon Hospitals and Hygeia HMO, has called on the Federal Government to give healthcare project execution priority in the implementation of the proposed universal insurance health scheme, “the Federal Government as a matter of necessity, must take the execution of insurance scheme very serious. This is where most health project fails.”

He made the statement recently in Lagos when he was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.

Elebute who was with his wife, Oyin Elebute, also a professor, while receiving the award, dedicated it to staff of Lagoon hospitals, Hygeia HMO, University College, Ibadan and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos where his career and profession was shaped and built by the individuals and institutions he worked with. “I remained grateful to them,” he said.

Other winners of NHEA include: Biostadt (Biomedical service company of the year); JNC International (Innovative healthcare provider of the year); Rivers State Government (Outstanding government healthcare programme of the year), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Public healthcare provider of the year); Reddington Hospital (Private healthcare provider of the year); and Hygeia HMO (Health maintenance organisation of the year).

It also includes; Kemi Ajumobi of BusinessDay (Healthcare media excellence award-print), Juliet Offiah of NigerianInfo 99.3 FM (Healthcare media excellence award – electronic); 445 NAF Laboratory Lagos (Public laboratory service provider of the year); Pathcare (Private laboratory service provider of the year); Crestview (Radiology services provider of the year); Healthplus (Pharmaceutical retail outlet of the year); Fidson (Pharmaceutical company of the year); and Bolanle Reaheedah Bello (Nursing & Midwery excellence award).

Emmanuel Ajayi, managing director of Biostadt, spoke about the passion of his company to provide healthcare services and the additional sense of responsibility this recognition has placed on them. “We have seen repeatedly how equipment we supplied have saved so many lives because doctors have been able to do their jobs more effectively,” he stated.

Anthony Omolola, president of the Association of General & Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) and chairman of the event had earlier congratulated all nominees. He praised their efforts, courage, contributions towards making a difference in the Nigeria healthcare sector.

Access Bank is one of the key sponsors of NHEA. The award was organised by Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR) in collaboration with Anadach Group, USA. GHPR is also the organiser of Medipharma–Africa and co-promoter of West African Health Expo, which has proved over the years to be an international hub for healthcare and health education exhibition.

As part of its effort to increase the visibility and successes of the health sector in Nigeria, it organised the award that will celebrate and recognise the best individual and organisation that have contributed in a remarkable manner to the improvement of the healthcare sector.

Kemi Ajumobi