By Toyin Saheed
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Professor Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, has disclosed that the hospital has performed no fewer than 275 free surgeries for indigent.
The UITH boss revealed this while playing host to the national body of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in his office.
He said all the free surgeries which were performed between 2016 and 2017 were successful.
Olatinwo enumerated the catalogue of breakthroughs achieved so far under his leadership to include first renal transplant, first open heart surgeries, first invitro fertilisation clinic among others, saying that he owed the successes to cooperation and dedication to work of all categories of workers at the hospital.
While recognising the contributions of some philanthropists to the development of the tertiary institution such as Yusuf Olaolu Ali for establishment of fully equipped trauma centre and Oluwole Awotuyi for the well equipped ultra modern Emergency Paediatric Ward, he canvassed more of such kind gestures from other privileged Nigerians.
Olatinwo who was conferred with honour during the visit by the association, expressed happiness for the recognition over what he described as his modest contributions to the growth of the hospital.
He was honoured as the best Chief Executive Sports Promoter in the country.
In his vote of thanks, the Director Administration of the UITH, David Odaibo described the award as “a milestone” in the hospital’s history.
“We are happy to be having a visionary leader and a master of diplomacy at this time. He has reaped what he sowed by these great honours conferred on him by God through the SWAN.”