The Lagos State University Alumni Association is to honour the medical team of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, which performed the first successful kidney transplant by all-Nigerian professionals last November, with a dinner in Lagos on March 31.
Announcing this in a statement jointly signed by the President, Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe (rtd), and the Secretary, Wale Anthony, the association said some graduates of the Lagos State University, who have distinguished themselves in various fields, would also be honoured at the dinner, which will hold at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.
According to the association, the feat achieved by the LASUTH medical team, led by a Consultant Nephrologist, Dr. Jacob Awobusuyi, indeed deserves to be celebrated, given that it signals the beginning of the end of an era whereby medical professionals who are nationals of other countries had to be flown in to collaborate with Nigerians to carry out such delicate transplants.
“The whole essence of honouring the medical team who achieved this feat and graduates of LASU who have distinguished themselves in various fields is to inspire and encourage others to strive for excellence. Everyone loves to be honoured, and if people know that their alma mater would recognize and honour them for outstanding achievements, perhaps they would be more driven,” the association stated.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; his wife, Bolanle; as well as the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, are expected as special guests at the dinner, which will also be graced by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun.
Also expected are former Vice Chancellors of LASU; current and former principal officers of the university; the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris; and the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Wale Oke.
The pioneer Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Folabi Olumide, is the chairman of the event.