Thursday, August 17, 2017 6.00pm/Proshare WebTV
The Prosthetics and Orthotics building of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi in Lagos has been renamed after Late Dr. Francis Owosina a former Chief Medical Director (1978-1989).
This is in recognition of the selfless service, dedication, commitment and immense contribution of Dr Owosina to the transformation and development of the Hospital, particularly the Prosthetics/Orthotics department.
To mark the event, the Management of the Orthopaedic Hospital today hosted the Owosina family, friends, colleagues, staff and citizens of the country, to the formal naming ceremony at the pavilion.
Chairman of the occasion Professor Dayo Ejiwunmi described the late surgeon as a selfless administrator, who worked assiduously for the growth of the healthcare sector in Nigeria and the uplifment of the less-priviledged in the society.
Prof Ejiwunmi was glad that the hospital was honouring Dr Owosina a visionary leader and administrator, asserting that it was one of the best ways of preserving his legacy in the medical profession.
The Chief Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Dr. O.O. Odunubi in his remarks commended the Federal Ministry of Health for approving the name change of the Prosthetics/Orthotics building.
Dr Odunubi said “Late (Dr) Francis Owosina led National Orthopaedic Hospital at a critical time of transition from a State to a Federal Institution. His management of the process was remarkable”.
Speaking further Dr Odunubi stressed that “Half of the Orthopaedic surgeons in Nigeria today, passed through NOHIL and this is the legacy of Late Dr Owosina”.
In their tributes former Chief Medical Directors of the Hospital namely Dr G. Adegbule and Dr Wasiu Yunusa extolled the qualities of the Late surgeon, describing him as the Father of Modern Orthopaedics in Nigeria and Africa.
A Childhood friend of Late Dr. Owosina, Sir described him as a principled leader who devoted his energy, time and resources to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, and was impressed with the fact that he was being remembered already for his laudable efforts in the healthcare sector.
Responding on behalf of the family, the wife of the Late former CMD of the NOHIL Ma Modupe Owosina said she was overwhelmed at the tributes and recognition bestowed on her husband.
Ma Owosina said “Late Dr Owosina was not a rich man, but he was rich in works”. She extolled his virtues which include being a compassionate leader who could empathize with the people he related with.
She was full of emotions sharing how her husband had contributed to the rehabilitation of disabled persons and less-priviledged people in the country. One of his legacies she said was Late Dr. Owosina’s role in the formation of the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria(SCIAN), which has given hope and succour to several Nigerians that have spinal cord injuries.