LASUTH Gets Multi-Million Naira Lithotripsy Machine, Applauds Donor

Mr Obasa receives a plague from Prof Abayomi

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has commissioned a multi-million naira Lithotripsy Machine donated to its Urology Unit by a Lagos Philanthropist, Mr. Idowu Obasa.

The multi million naira equipment

The Lithotripsy Machine; the first of its kind in any public hospital in Nigeria, treats kidney stones by sending focused ultrasonic energy or shock waves directly to the stone first located with fluoroscopy or ultrasound. The shock waves break a large stone into smaller stones that will pass through the urinary system.

Donor, Mr Obasa in a group photograph with the LASUTH team

The machine avoids surgical operations of patients who needs to have stones removed from the kidneys, gull bladder or urinary bladder by breaking the stones into particles and passing them out naturally.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi while commissioning the machine, applauded the donor, Mr. Obasa for his kind gesture, adding that the donated item would enhance effective healthcare delivery to the people of the State.

Prof. Abayomi revealed that the donor has always supported the State Government in its efforts to improve the health sector, noting that he donated a holding bay to LASUTH during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While appreciating the donor for his generosity and contributions towards improving the health of Lagosians, the Health Commissioner called on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture and support the present administration on infrastructure development.

Similarly, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, disclosed that the presentation of the machine has placed the hospital on a higher pedestal as LASUTH is now the only public hospital in Nigeria to own such equipment.

Promising that the hospital would ensure that the donated Lithotripsy Machine is put to good use for the benefit of residents in the State, Prof. Fabamwo expressed appreciation on behalf of LASUTH staff and called for similar donations from other philanthropists in the country.

Also speaking, the Head of the Urology Unit, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Adeola Badmus, stated that the machine will further enhance the capability of the unit to effectively carry out its surgeries with precision and accuracy.

Obasa, in his response, narrated his experience of how he was treated many years ago in India with a Lithotripsy Machine, stressing that the experience motivated him to donate the equipment to LASUTH.

The donor also commended all healthcare workers in Lagos and Nigeria for their dedication and commitment to enhanced healthcare delivery to the citizens.

Dignitaries at the event include the Chairman of LASUTH’s Board, Dr. Richardson Ajayi, among others.

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