Saturday 5th October 2019 was a special day set aside by the management of Olan Medical Centre to unveil the newly completed state-of-the-art hospital, called Olan Medical Centre, which is strategically situated at No 119, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.
The hospital which has been in existence for over 35 years in the US has a good track record in the US, as it has treated a lot of celebrities all over the world, especially Nigerian celebrities and dignitaries who seek for their health care services.
The Olan Medical Centre is a magnificent hospital that is well situated in the heart of Ikeja.
The visioner of this project is Dr Oyeleke Ajiboye who was also the Chairman of the grand opening of the hospital. He was called up to give an opening remark. In his remarks, he recollects how he met with Dr Emmanuel Soyoola (Medical Director at Olan Hospital) years back when they went there for childbirth. He also gave reasons why they had to establish this modern hospital in the heart of Ikeja.
SOME OF THE IMPORTED equipment INCLUDE
Hematology Machine, Chemistry Analyser, Infrared Light, Oxygen Concentrator, Neonatal Electrodes, Diameter, Anesthesia Machine, Colposcopy Machine, Nebulizer, Egg Machine, Fetal Monitor, Fetal Doppler, Autoclave and many others.
ABOUT THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF OLAN MEDICAL CENTRE
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital is Dr Emmanuel Soyoola, who has spent most of his life in the US as a Medical Doctor. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2006 and many others.
In his speech, he thanked the visioner of the project who convinced him to come back to Nigeria, so that he can offer same services he offered in the US to Nigerians who travel there for medical care.
The royal father of the day is the Oba of Iragbiji, HRM Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi, who encouraged the management to always put up good practice as it is in the US. Kabiesi who came with an entourage of his chiefs, drivers and family, was convinced Olan Medical Centre will be an added value to the society.
Also present at the event are Prince Olasunkanmi Ajiboye, Engr. Joseph Musa, Mrs Oyeleke, Rev. James O. James, The Founder of El-Shaddai Covenant Ministries and General Overseer of El-Shaddai Covenant Church. He came with his wife of over 30 years, Dr Temitope James. They all had a tour of the project and some of them had free medical check-ups.
Immediately after the programme, Dr Emmanuel Soyoola spoke to City People about the new hospital, the advantages of having Olan Medical Hospital in Nigeria and many others.
He said, “Olan Medical Centre is a sister hospital of Olan hospital in the United States of America. Olan Hospital has been established in Jacksonville Florida, Atlanta Georgia and West Virginia (USA). We have treated a lot of celebrities, dignitaries from Nigeria that sought care from us.
So, Nigeria’s vision happened because some of them thought it’s better for us to come home (Nigeria) and give the same services, instead of spending a lot of money travelling abroad.
Olan Hospital is a state-of-the-art hospital where our strength is in obstetrics and gynaecology and a lot of women’s health issues. We also specialise in emergency and intensive care unit. We take care of premature babies and we also have good neurologies that will take care of them. We have a neonatal intensive care unit and we also have an intensive care unit for adults. We have state-of-the-art surgery facilities. And we do not only do surgery for women, we also do for other specialities. We have orthopaedics. We have general surgery. We are also a specialist in endocrinology; that is the service that takes care of thyroid disease, diabetics, hypertension, lupus and other kidney diseases. Instead of us rushing to the US, we can also get the same care here.
The first thing to know is that your health is your wealth.
And the reason why other advanced countries are enjoying prosperity is that they take care of their health. Nigerians are very smart people; they are brilliant. Even in the US census, they rate us as the most read nation in the world. Unfortunately, we are not taking care of ourselves. Majority of the good doctors in the US are Nigerians.
Now that you have moved back to Nigeria and you have also shipped in your equipment how do you compare your services to what you offered in the US before you came back?
All my supply is from America, so I am not giving you anything less. People come from Saudi Arabia to see me. People come from Europe to see me. People come from all parts of Nigeria to see me, while I was there. I also had some people who came from Ghana, Togo, Ivory-Coast, Senegal, Kenya. People have come to me and they have been taken care of.
For those who might be curious about your educational background and your area of speciality, how can you be best described?
I am a fellow of America College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We do laparoscopic surgery. We do myomectomy. We do ovarian cystectomy; we do most of these laparoscopically and we can also do it laparotomy, wise.
There are other things we do ourselves that make us better. One is: we focus on your health first; your health is our concern at Olan Hospital. First of all, we listen to our patients, and we take down your concerns and we immediately take care of you promptly. If you come up with a problem, we won’t rest until we have a solution. That is the focus of this establishment and we are going to keep it up because our style is not just Nigeria’s, but world standard. Nigeria is good, but we want to be better.
In your remarks, you made mention of fake drugs in Nigeria, how can government curb the menace?
The fake drug is a problem within the nation, but it is a problem in other countries too. People should know those who are producing fake drugs. People should report them to the necessary agency.
What do you think is wrong with our health sector?
The first thing is the wrong diagnosis. There are competent doctors, but we also have some people among us who keep giving the wrong diagnosis so that they can get more money. I remember the first patient that came to me here, and after reviewing her record, I said what you need to do is this and you don’t need this, you don’t need that. When I finished with her, she said I wasn’t a Nigerian. So the main thing is that you have to be honest with people. If you serve them well, they will come back.