National Orthopaedic Hospital immortalizes former director

The National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, has named its Prosthetics and Orthotics Building after the late Dr. Francis Owosina, in recognition of his commitment and contribution to the medical profession.

Owosina was the medical director of the hospital between 1977 and 1989. During his tenure, he developed the modernised general and specialised Orthopaedic and Emergency Services department of the hospital.

The deceased doctor introduced hip replacement and spinal surgery and was the brain behind the recognition of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi as a World Health Organisation, collaborating centre in 1979. He also established the Post Basic Nursing School and the Residency programme in Orthopaedics.

Speaking at the formal naming of the building, the Medical Director, National Orthopaedic Hospital,  Dr. Olurotimi Odunubi, noted that the late doctor was a visionary leader who was at the helm of affairs when the storm was fierce.

He said, “There have been 11 medical directors since the inception of the hospital. He (Owosina) took over as the medical director of the hospital at a difficult time. He took over when health care delivery service of the hospital was not optimal and when the hospital lacked focus in terms of management.

“He took over and led the team that rectified the fault in the system and redirected the focus of the hospital.”

In his remarks, a childhood friend of the late doctor, Sir. E. O. Awofala, noted that his friend was an astute administrator who performed his duties diligently.

Awofala said, “His dogged commitment to the medical profession; his principles and his attitude of performing his medical duties excellently are speaking for him today.

“We, his friends and family members, pressurised him in vain to establish a clinic on private practice. He resented all pressure. He preferred putting all his energy and even private resources into doing his duties very well to having a private clinic which he considered as a distraction and an obstacle to performing his duties in hospitals to which he was posted.

“I cannot forget his principle of selfless service. Rather than take gratification from wealthy patients, he would direct them to do something in the interest of the hospital. He guarded his good name and reputation to the end of his life.”

In her speech, wife of the late doctor, Mrs. Francis Awosina, appreciated the Federal Ministry of Health, the staff and management of the hospital for recognising her husband’s contribution to the medical profession.

She noted that the naming of the building after her husband was “a reward for sacrificial services rendered to the nation.”

Source: Punch News

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