St. Nicholas Hospital Lagos – The story of the doctor who founded St Nicholas Hospital

Influential Medical Practitioner and Chairman of the popular St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, Dr. Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi passed on at the age of 96 years in 2012.

Today we recognize his far-reaching contributions in Nigeria and in the practice of Medicine.

The late Majekodunmi, a respected chief with titles both in Egbaland and his base in Lagos, was a former administrator of the defunct Western Region during the emergency rule of 1962 and was also a Senator, a Federal Minister of State, Minister of Army and Minister of Health at various points in Nigeria’s history.

Dr. Majekodunmi was the founder St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, and he once served as personal physician to the late Prime Minister of Nigeria Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

The late Majekodunmi attended Abeokuta Grammar School and St Gregory’s College, Lagos before enrolling at the University of Dublin, where he bagged a 2nd Class Honours in Anatomy and Physiology in 1936, and later, a 1st Class Honors in Bacteriology and Clinical Medicine.

While in Dublin, he worked as a house physician at the National Children’s Hospital in 1941 and the Rotunda Hospital (1941-1942). He returned to the country in 1943 and became a Medical officer in the Nigerian Medical Service. From 1949 to 1960, he worked with the Nigerian and Federal Medical Services as a gynecologist and obstetrician and was also a consulting doctor with Massey Street Maternity Hospital Lagos, General Hospital Lagos and Creek Hospital also in Lagos.

In the 1960s, he was a member of the Nigerian Senate and later held board membership with Westminster Dredging Company and Union Bank.

He founded St Nicholas Hospital and once served as secretary of the Nigerian branch of the British Medical Association. He was also chairman of the Egba Maternity Clinic.

Some of his publications include: Premature Infants: Management and Prognosis (1943); Partial Atresia of the Cervix Complicating Pregnancy (1946); Sub-Acute Intussusception in Adolescents (1948); Thiopentone Sodium in Operative Obstetrics (1954); Rupture of Uterus Involving the Bladder (1955); and Medical Education and the Health Services: A Critical Review of Priorities in a Developing Country (1966).

The late medic and nationalist will be remembered for his indelible contributions to national development through selfless services in medicine and politics. His accepting the leadership role at a period Western Region was engulfed in deep political crisis, between the Obafemi Awolowo camp and that of Samuel Akintola, was patriotic. One of his legacies was the establishment of St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos. Till date, the medical edifice remains one of the nation’s best referral centers.

This is a brief biography of the erudite scholar and medical doctor, Dr. Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi. It was supplied by a social media proponent for public use.

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