Businessman and politician, Idowu Obasa, has said that he is a chronic kidney disease patient.
Besides, he said, he harboured what doctors call underlying diseases, adding that he could be taken for a chemist shop whenever he is taking his drugs.
The former chairman of Onigbogbo Local Government said this in Lagos on Friday, when donating a a Lithotripsy Machine to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Obasa said he was inspired to purchase the machine when he heard about the equipment gap.
“In 2009, I used this machine in India for a procedure in just a normal hospital, not private, not expensive and honestly it’s shameful that we have to go to India to get things that we ought to get here.
“I’m a chronic Kidney disease patient, among other things. I’m one of the people that medical practitioners call, ‘with many underlying conditions’.
“I’m like a chemist when I start using my drugs.
“I have been privileged to be attended to in so many hospitals all over the world and I want to say that our doctors are better qualified than most of the people we meet.
“My experience in India inspired me and I said, why should India have these machines scattered all over the place and we don’t have any here?” Obasa said.
The lawmaker noted that adequate equipment was critical to quality healthcare service delivery and commended the state government for maintaining excellence in the health sector.
Also, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, disclosed that the Lithotripsy Machine cost between N40 million and N50 million.
Fabamwo commended Obasa for the generous donation, saying that the machine that the hospital usually rented for procedure, got spoilt and that created gaps.
He pledged to ensure proper and judicious use of the machine to promote citizen’s health.