Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba is the foremost tertiary hospital in Lagos State, South west Nigeria. It serves as the last resort and referral for all disease conditions. It is believed that if a medical case could not be treated at LUTH then the situation is hopeless. The only other teaching hospital in Lagos is the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja. But a sore point is the perennial flooding and drainage problem at the main entrance of one of the first generation tertiary or rather teaching hospitals in the country. LUTH, one of the most sought in the country, recently has been deserted. Many would think it is all about the unending series of industrial actions always disrupting the institution or the lack of trust in public hospitals.
It was also learnt that the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) formed a partnership with LUTH to upgrade the radiotherapy unit and build an Advanced Cancer Treatment Centre. With a sum of $10 million, LUTH is being re-equipped with three new LINACs, a brachytherapy machine, treatment planning system and many other facilities.
A report made public in September 2018 by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) revealed the “humanitarian crisis, manifestations of corruption and mismanagement at LUTH and how unhygienic conditions, severe shortages of medicines and medical supplies in the hospital and two other federal government owned hospitals in Lagos make it extremely difficult for many Nigerians to obtain essential medical care.” The report showed “a sharp deterioration in the quality of care in these hospitals. LUTH, NOHIL and FMC do not have enough cancer treatment machines. LINAC, MRI and CT scan machines are not working optimally due to erratic electricity even as the hospitals do not have back-up plans and they have also packed up.”
There is therefore a need for these hospitals to be rehabilitated.
Nigeria: Teachers Divided Over Retirement Age
A bill seeking for the extension of the retirement age of basic and secondary schools’ teachers from 60 to 65 years has been presented to the National Assembly, with Minister of Education Adamu Adamu in support of this bill. However when the news broke, it threw the stakeholders into a division with some welcoming the proposal premised on a number of grounds and others kicking against it.
Edo State Secretary of the Nigeria Union Teachers (NUT), Moni Modesty-Itua, said the advantages of extending the retirement age for teachers far outweigh the disadvantages in the sense that it would give room for experienced teachers to control students, adding that at present, skilled teachers have become veritable tools for private schools after retirement where they continue to impart quality education.
He said, “As you know, government has not been employing teachers across the country leading to shortage of teachers. So, with the new retirement age, there will be qualified teachers who will handle teaching in matured ways.” He said the bill has potential to improve the standard of educationin the country.
Also speaking, a basic education teacher, Joe Ileogben, concurred that reforming retirement age was a good development. He said, “There is shortage of teachers in our schools and the older teachers have garnered experience; are very active and can also deliver quality education.” He said knowledgeable teachers would further help the authorities in the area of policy formulation.