Prof. Bode on LUTH ‘s growing reputation

LUTH 's growing reputation in Nigeria

Professor Bode is a distinguished Paediatric Surgeon who hails from Ejigbo, Osun State. He obtained his MBCHB at the University of Ife (then Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1980 and tutored as a surgeon in LUTH from 1982-1990. He became a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons as well as Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1992.

He was awarded many travel grants and awards, including the Sir Samuel Manuwa Memorial Award for the overall best candidate at the finals of the NPMCN examinations in 1992. He also trained in paediatric laparoscopy at the Schneider Children’s Hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel and has had surgical training opportunities at the Manchester Children’s Hospital UK. Bode joined the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos in November 1992 as a lecturer and was Honorary Consultant Paediatric Surgeon to LUTH, with special interest in neonatal oesophageal surgery and paediatric penile reconstruction

Interestingly, he rose to become Professor of Surgery in 2010 and served LUTH as SERVCOM Nodal Officer from 2008-2012 and as Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee from 2012-14. Bode became Secretary-General of the West African College of Surgeons from 2001-2007 and Treasurer, Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) among others. 

Furthermore, the workers of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba are its best assets, its Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, spoke at the awards for the corporate partners of the hospital, all awarding them some accolades in their outstanding ability to discharge their duties, among others, curtailing many infectious diseases, especially communicable ones.

He urged the workers not to rest on their oars. What makes LUTH stand out is the fact that even though they are a tertiary institution which makes them a big deal, they also possess high tech equipment that enables them to work effectively. Apparently, That was the main reason they were recognised and they were awarded the awards of excellence. He stated” LUTH is presenting awards of excellence to staff that diligently discharged their duties in their various departments. These awardees have saved lives during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Lassa fever, Monkey Pox and other diseases in the hospital.

In the past one year, the hospital has experienced a lot of improvements and the management decided to reward staff behind the success recorded,” Additionally, He acknowledges many philanthropist and sponsors which made an impact by equipping the foundation significantly(money wise) which brought about a tremendous boost of the health care delivery and patients welfare and maintenance and also enlarging the capacity of the staffs and widening their knowledge.

Also, he recognises corporate bodies, such as Guinness Nig PLC, Nigeria Breweries PLC, Chevron Nigeria, National Sovereign Investment, Lions Club District 404A for embarking on building a Renal Dialysis Unit for LUTH in memory of its late District Governor, ‘Chief Isaac Olusola Dada’ for their contributions and partnership to LUTH.

Also, Guinness is deeply appreciated for building and maintaining the Eye Centre at LUTH, while Nigeria Breweries PLC adopted and consistently supported the Neonatal Ward to make it the best and largest ward for sick newborns in Nigeria. In addition, Chevron Nigeria has also donated a Molecular Biology Research Laboratory, while National Sovereign Investment Agency is making one of the largest ever investment in LUTH by pledging to replace the cancer treatment machine (Linear accelerator) with new ones and a Brachytherapy Machine.

The Departmental Award went to the Department of Anesthesia because the workers stayed behind the scene.”They assess preoperatively, intraoperatively and postoperatively, and they were the unsung heroes and heroines.”

Conclusively, The Unit Award went to the Infectious Disease Unit, irrespective of the fact that it’s the newest Unit in LUTH. It has emerged out of the need to combat dangerous diseases that give others the shivers.

Ebola, Lassa Fever, Bird Flu, cholera, among others. It has been run by volunteers and people who decided to dedicate some aspects of their lives leaving behind family members and relations for a consecutive period to help save lives and for that reason, He is eternally grateful.

The LUTH Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh. LUTH Outstanding Personality award went to Mrs Moji Oderinde and LUTH Person of the Year award was conferred on Dr Amadi, who a year ago, took ill with a devastating paralysing ailment that left him at the doors of death while attending to patients who came in with infectious diseases.

“He could not move arms nor legs and was at the risk of cardiac arrest. The whole community rose as one to save him and in a moment of unity that only comes of great threat, everyone pitched in to save him from dying. Today, he walks again,”  Bode added.