Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), says the hospital’s Geriatric Clinic would focus majorly on sound health care for elderly people.
Olatinwo said this at the inauguration of the clinic under the Family Medicine Department of the hospital on Tuesday in Ilorin.
He assured that the clinic would strive to promote elder’s well-being by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in adults.
The CMD explained that the creation of the geriatric unit was in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the presidential order mandated that all teaching hospitals in the country must make the care of the elders a top priority.
Dr Sam Alabi, the Head of Department of Family Medicine, UITH, commended the management for establishing the clinic.
He expressed optimism that the clinic would live up to the standards it had been established to achieve.
Alabi informed the audience that people from 40 years upwards are entitled to this privilege.
According to him, the clinic will run every Thursday after which it will commence full operations every day once fully established.
The Head of Nursing Department, Mrs Elizabeth Aina, appealed to the elderly to endeavour to visit the clinic for their health needs.
Aina said that it was a unique opportunity to have such a facility at the hospital.
While expressing gratitude to the management for the initiative, she appealed to philanthropists to help the hospital to achieve the clinic’s goal.