FOOTSTEPS OF A VISIONARY LEADER

FOOTSTEPS OF A VISIONARY LEADER

 

A DOCUMENTARY ON THE ONE YEAR TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF PROFESSOR GODWIN NOSAKHARE BAZUAYE AS CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR,   UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, OKADA, EDO STATE, NIGERIA

 

In the Beginning…

 

On Friday the 1st May, 2020 a new page was opened in the history of Nigeria’s First Private University Teaching Hospital. Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital, Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State, with the appointment of Professor Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye.

 

Born on the 18th on the November, 1967, Prof. Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye, is a thoroughbred medical expert with specialty in Haematology/Stem Cell Transplantology.

 

Haven gone through an intense and robust training over the years in the field of medicine, he came successful with various globally recognized professional certifications; MBBS (Benin), FMC (Path), HSCT (Switzerland), Professor Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye stunned the world by breaking old records and setting new ones.

 

He recorded a major breakthrough by successfully pioneering the first stem cell transplant for the cure of sickle cell disease in Sub-Sahara Africa.

 

Till date Professor Bazuaye is still blazing the trail in this field of medicine that requires uncommon skills, high mental and intellectual capacity and passion for the improvement of the healthcare sector in Africa and the world in general.

 

No doubt, the Honourable Chancellor Sir Chief Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion CFR, Deputy Chancellor, Chief Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Lawrence Ikechukwu Izemonye, the Board of Regents, the Governing Councils of Igbinedion University as well as the Board of Management of the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital, Okada found Prof. Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye as the right man for the job in their resolve to reposition the hospital and return it to its pride of place as a Centre of Excellence for research and training of medical professionals in Nigeria to be able to respond to the dynamism of the health sector in today’s world.

 

Following his appointment as the Chief Medical Director, Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital, Okada on Friday the 1st of May, 2020 which was a public holiday, Prof. Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye immediately hit the ground running.

 

He met a teaching hospital that was in dire need of urgent, deliberate and undoubtedly painful actions to restore her to the former glory days.

 

Prof Bazuaye was unperturbed by the infrastructural decay and the very low staff morale which pervaded the air. Even members of the host community, Okada and their neighbours no longer had confidence in the hospital.

 

The new chief medical director rolled up his sleeves as it was time for serious work; it was obvious that desperate actions needed to be taken to right the wrongs of the past and put the hospital back on a sound footing.

 

THE JOURNEY SO FAR…

Backed by His Excellences the Honourable Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor, members Board of management headed by Prof Aboidun Ilesanmi, members of the Hospital Management Committee, HMC and very dedicated workforce, Prof Bazuaye embarked on various projects simultaneously as there was no time to waste.

 

The dilapidated wards and non-functional medical equipment began to receive facelift and immediate attention.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Fixing of Leaking Roofs: Before then, there were leakages all over the hospital roofs whenever it rained. That is now history as this was the first major problem that Prof Bazuaye had to tackle headlong. Using direct labour thereby cutting costs, he was able to get all the leaking roofs in the hospital replaced; reclaiming the buildings from continuous dilapidation and imminent collapse.

 

Trauma Centre: The modern IUTH Trauma Centre with Twenty (20) beds including a private room and a fully equipped theatre en-suite has been functional since August, 2020. The Centre has saved the lives of Road Traffic Accidents victims along the Benin-Lagos Road since it was commissioned.

An Orthopedic Senior Registrar resides in the quarters within the hospital to complement the Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon to compliment this Centre.

 

A Centre for Genetic and Stem Cell Research: A Centre for Genetic and Stem Cell Research is now in place at Igbinedion University Hospital, Okada and has been functional. Sickle Cell disease patients and other patients with genetic diseases are now being seen in this Centre under the supervision of the CMD, Prof. Godwin Bazuaye who is a Consultant Hematologist and Stem Cell Transplantologist.

The Centre is in collaboration with DKMS in Germany for free HLA screening for Nigerians with Sickle Cell Disease in preparation for stem cell transplantation. Also in collaboration with cell for life in United Kingdom for collecting samples for non-invasive studies of genetic diseases in pregnant women at Ten (10) weeks of pregnancy.

Laundry Unit:  The hitherto comatose Laundry Unit is now back to life with the refurbishing and reactivation of almost all the industrial machines that were not functioning before the coming on board of the new management of the hospital. The laundry unit has since commenced commercial activities and serves not only the hospital but also the university town of Okada. The process of setting up a liaison office within the Crown Estate to enable easy access by students is ongoing.

Renovation of Wards: The wards that were in a very deplorable state, are now wearing new looks. The renovation of the Medical, Surgical, Paediatric and Accident and Emergency (A&E) wards have been completed.

These wards now have all their beds totally refurbished and repainted, upholsterers were moved into the hospital to have tattered matrasses recovered with new leathers, beds and tables were refitted with new boards, toilets remolded with floor tiles and private rooms that can be used by our VIP patients created.

Guest House: A fully furnished 3-Bedroom Bungalow with the hospital premises has been completed and ready for use by our guests especially visiting Consultants including ours who reside in Benin but finish late in Okada.

Also three (3) other bungalows have been completely renovated and allocated to staff of the hospital.

Bed Occupancy: The bed occupancy on the wards have improved from 5 per day to an average of 15 per day. Admission in Accident and Emergency (A&E) has tripled and consultant out-patient clinics are now a beehive of activities.

 

With this development, the Nursing and Laboratory students that were using the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH Benin for the clinical trainings are beginning to return back to IUTH, Okada.

Academic Collaboration/Training: In the last year, there have been several virtual academic programs including the collaboration with IUO as a Centre for patients’ safety in Nigeria, Stem Cell Therapy in collaboration with Bentouene International Health concept, infections control in COVID 19 era, etc.

There has also been training for the men and officers of the Nigeria Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps on safer techniques of handling road traffic accident victims from the scene of accident to the hospital towards reducing death rate.

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

IUTH Diagnostic Centre Benin: The IUTH modern diagnostic Centre that boasts of the latest    X-Ray machine, CT scan, Ultrasound, Echo machine, Endoscopy, Cardiology Unit, a fully equipped laboratory and a teaching hall for training of Resident Doctors and Students that has been under construction in the last few months is now almost 100% complete and has since commenced operations even before the official commissioning which is expected to be performed by the Governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki soon.

IUTH Benin Centre: The Prof Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye led administration of IUTH has also transformed the annex of the hospital in Benin to a full-fledged hospital by moving it to a bigger and better location, a 5-storey Glass House strategically located on 122 Sapele road in the heart of Benin City.

The new IUTH Benin Centre is currently occupying the ground and first floors with work ongoing on the other floors now housing the Dental and Ophthalmology Units and private rooms.

College of Health Technology: Prof has also in the last few months in the saddle, set out to establish the IUTH COLLEGE OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY to train middle level manpower and paramedics for the hospital and the nation’s health sector in general.

An Implementation Committee has since been inaugurated and currently working round the clock to actualize the dream of IUTH College of Health Technology which will have five (5) Schools. Classrooms and accommodation are undergoing renovation. The current IUTH Benin diagnostic Centre will serve as our diagnostic laboratory for training and the IUTH Benin glass house will serve as the hospital for clinical training. A field has also been prepared for sporting activities as recommended by the Ministry of Health. The process for the accreditation of the college is progressively ongoing and hopefully, admission of the first set of students will commence soon.

Shortly after his formal assumption of office, Prof Godwin Nosakhare Bazuaye in his quest to boost the visibility of Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital in the global arena changed the logo of the hospital and secured the domain name www.iuth.org and set out to build the hospital’s website for the very first time since it was established. The website is now up and running.

The Chief Medical Director personally took the gospel of the new IUTH to the Leaders of Okada and neighbouring communities assuring them of the renewed vigor of the new leadership of the hospital to render nothing but quality and affordable medical services to patients.

He then introduced IUTH COMMUNITY HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMME for rural dwellers and low income earners. The programme gives individuals in Okada and neighbouring communities unhindered access to basic medical care upon payment of one thousand naira only monthly. This was applauded and embraced by the locals.

He took this initiative further by extending it to the various institutions and currently, staff of KADA Plaza and Independent Television and Radio have since taken advantage of the IUTH Institutional Health Insurance Programme.

In recognition of qualified personnel and obvious improved medical services rendered by IUTH, the Edo State Health Insurance Commission recently signed up with the hospital with 400 enrollees with their 946 dependents.

A successful retreat with the theme; Retrofitting and Repositioning Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital as a Centre of Excellence and Medical Tourism in Nigeria championed by the Deputy Chancellor Igbinedion University Okada, Chief Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion was held in December 2020 and far reaching decisions aimed at placing IUTH on a very high pedestal were taken.

The retreat which was formerly declared open by the Honourable Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, His Excellency, the Honorary Romanian Consul to Edo Esama of Benin Kingdom, took place at Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI), College of Medicine, University of Benin, Benin City.

The retreat hosted by a member of the Board of Management IUTH, Prof Friday Okonofua was well attended other members of the Board led by the Chairman, Prof Abiodun Ilesanmi and members of the Hospital Management Committee, HMC. Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, Prof Mrs. Lilian Salami received the Former Governor of Edo State and Deputy Chancellor, Chief Dr. Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion as well as the Chairman and other members of Board of Management IUTH on arrival for the retreat. It was indeed a very warm reception.

 

The Chief Medical Director, Prof Godwin Bazuaye has also refurbished the hospital’s ambulances and the Toyota Hilux and they are now wearing new looks.

 

IUTH is indeed work in progress and the new management led by Prof Godwin Nosakhare is unrelenting in truly repositioning the hospital for the tops.