Lagos Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed the state’s commitment to curbing medical tourism in Nigeria. This much was expressed during the launch of Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre (MRCC).
Governor Sanwo-Olu who described MRCC the hospital as a symbol of resilience, tenacity, and forthrightness also noted that some of Lagos State’s intervention strategies in the health sector.
“We are also donating one specialist cancer center within the next 12 months to add to MRCC and the oncology center in LUTH. Looking at the statistics, we need ten more just to scratch the surface based on the number of cancer patients we are seeing. This is part of the medical infrastructure transformation project we are working on which cuts across all the disciplines of health – primary, secondary and tertiary.”
Chief Executive Officer of MRCC, Dr. Mrs Modupe Elebute-Odunsi explained that the hospital is poised to achieve international standards. “Our ultimate aim is to improve private healthcare by offering quality medical services in addition to specialist services such as urology, sickle cell research, and stem cell transplant, which are largely unavailable in the country”.
The centre also houses an imaging centre with CT; mammogram; ultrasound; X-Ray machines; modern laboratory services; two operating theatres; an eight-bed chemotherapy suite; a radiotherapy centre with a linear accelerator and brachytherapy, fifteen private en-suite rooms for in-patients; pharmacy and counseling service.
Amongst others, the launching was well-graced with the attendance of Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, and her Kebbi & Ondo state counterparts Dr. Mrs Zainab S. Bagudu and Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu; and Mrs. Toyin Saraki, wife of the immediate past senate president.