–Provides Free Medical Screening to Participants
The Geriatric Unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has joined their counterparts all over the world to commemorate the first International Day of Older Persons in the hospital. The unit engaged in several activities to herald the day, some of which include a webinar, rally and seminar
The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo who gave the opening address at the webinar lauded the effort of the department of Family Medicine for holding the first of its kind in the hospital. Stating that older persons should be treated with some level of revere. He said, the bar for benchmarking the aged in Nigeria has been pegged at 60 years, ”this therefore means that the effort of the people in this age bracket who have sacrificed their knowledge, skills, intellect to steer the future generation in the right path should not be undermined but should be applauded at all levels.”
He added that those who have attained the age of 60 are fortunate to break the glass ceiling of estimated life expectancy in Nigeria as statistics have shown that the average age is between 54 and 57.
Prof. Fabamwo, in line with the theme for this year’s event; “Pandemics Do they Change How We Address Age and Aging”, COVID-19 noted that pandemic has no doubt affected the older persons in the country as they are in the most susceptible age to the virus. Thus, he admonished that ‘health practitioners should focus more on their care.”
In his address, the Director of Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric Centre, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Femi Olowookere highlighted the objectives of the 2020 Geriatric Day which include raising awareness to give ownership of the health and care of the aged with special attention to the nursing profession among other concerns pertaining to the elderly.
Consultant Family Physician and Geriatrician at the Department of Family Medicine LASUTH, Dr. Oludaisi Oduniyi, gave a chronicle on how the Geriatric department in LASUTH has been functioning, the achievements, challenges and way forward. While addressing the participants at the seminar session, the Head of Department, Dr. Jimi Sodipo commended the effort they made to attend and pledged that the department would continue to advocate for subsidized drugs and push for a special pharmacy for older persons visiting the hospital.
Other activities marking the special day included free health checks facilitated by the staff of various departments including the Eye Clinic, Orthopaedic Clinic, Diabetes Clinic and the Family Medicine.
A rally was held earlier in the day in conjunction with Braingrace Hospital to publicize the event in the hospital premises.