On Thursday, December 26th, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, was at the paediatric, emergency, and orthopaedic wards of the Lagos Island General Hospital, Broad Street. He went to celebrate Christmas and boxing days with the in-patients battling various health conditions.
The governor was said to have discussed with some of the patients, encouraging them, whilst he also prayed for their speedy recovery.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also explored other facilities of the oldest General Hospital in Nigeria to confirm the level of work done on the renovation of the Accident and Emergency ward building.
The governor explained to reporters that his visit to the hospital was not a political facade, as it has already been a normal ritual every Christmas/Boxing Day even before he became governor.
He stated that his aim is to share memorable moments with those in the hospital at a time when every other person is in a joyous mood at home.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Christmas offers us an opportunity to spare a thought for the infirm. We need to share moments like this with them so that they also can feel the greatness of the season even though they are not entirely fit.”
“We must also remember that this season teaches us to love, compassion, and selflessness. While the majority of us have our relatives and friends with us to mark the Christmas day, we need to understand that several families are in pain because their loved ones are battling various ailments at the hospital. So, it’s no Christmas for these people because they need to be with their ailing family members.
“On a day like this, I thought it necessary to identify with these families and celebrate with them. I believe this gesture will cheer them up and give them reasons to be happy. We hope that the little we have come to share with them today will strengthen them to get out of the sickbed quicker and better,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The excited patients, in turn, prayed for the governor and wellbeing of his entire family for his good deed.