The Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti, has commended the management of Cedarcrest Hospitals for establishing a branch of the hospital in Lagos.
He made the commendation at the official commissioning of the hospital situated on Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti stated that the establishment of an arm of the hospital in Lagos aligns with the strategic roadmap of the administration in Lagos which has the health and welfare of all its citizens at heart.
He enjoined Lagos residents to take advantage of the qualitative healthcare delivery that the hospital, through its specialized services, is bringing to the state.
Also, speaking at the commissioning, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe said the hospital has played a critical role in saving Nigeria foreign exchange (forex) through the spacialised services offers.
This, he pointed out, has reduced the number of Nigerians going to other countries for medical tourism. Beyond that, he said Nigeria now earns foreign exchange as patients from neighbouring African countries now patronize the hospital.
“We have patients from neighbouring countries that come here for treatment. Some patients previously operated abroad unsuccessfully, have had to be re-operated here in Cedarcrest. Our operations in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt have catered for nearly 40,000 new patients and over 70,000 returning patients over the last 10years, saving the country huge amounts in foreign exchange.”
He added that serving Nigerians diligently is at the heart of what the hospital stands for. “As a result of our specialized services, some Nigerians, who hitherto travel outside our shores, are now assured that they can get the best here even though they have the resources to travel abroad for treatment. We have worked tirelessly to change the perception Nigerian patients have toward our local hospitals. Our business does not end in treating the rich only; we look after all shades of Nigerians – rich and poor.”