Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo has described a former Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, the late Prof. Michael Bankole as “a special breed.’’
Fabamwo made the assertion at a Choral Morning of Tributes organised by management of LASUTH for the late surgeon yesterday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Bankole, a former consultant in LASUTH, was instrumental to the establishment of Quality Assurance Department in LASUTH and production of a Medical Records Manual for the hospital.
NAN reported that the deceased had served as the Head of Disaster Preparedness Committee, Chairman of the Hospital Investigative Panel and the Medical Audit Committee.
According to him, Bankole was a special breed, one who had passion for children.
He said: “I recall how he used to carry children on his shoulder rushing to the emergency room.
“I was a medical student in the early 70s when Prof. Bankole came to Ile-Ife; I met him many years after.
“When I was the acting chief medical director, I gave him a job here in LASUTH as consultant paediatric surgeon and he worked here for 15 years, even at his old age.
“When we were about to engage him in 2003, people were skeptical about his age.
“But I assured them that he was a good material and over the 15 years, he spent, he showed indeed that he was a special breed.”
“That is why we are celebrating him and I saw a good opportunity that, as the incumbent CMD and somebody that he has impacted his life on, I should do this for him.”
Also, Prof. Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, described Bankole as a humble man.
Bode said “Prof. Bankole cared little for raiment, cars or earthly possessions.
“We always say he was a cerebral person who chewed on whatever problem of the day he faced; he was passionate about one thing all his life, children.
“He devoted his life to the care of the surgical child and could be seen carrying babies in his arms to the X-Ray Department of LASUTH, so that the babies may live.
“He taught us a lot about humility.’’
Also, Prof. David Oke, a former Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, described Bankole as “a passionate paediatric surgeon.’’
Oke said: “Prof. Bankole adjudicated on many cases with human face; he showed a lot of interest in disaster preparedness.
“He had passion for children and the profession; he would be missed.’’
Commenting, Mr David Bankole, son of the deceased, said that he was overwhelmed with the tributes poured on his late father.
“I am very proud to hear all the accolades of how they loved him.
“I will personally miss him as daddy and not as Prof. Bankole; I will particularly miss him for his humour,’’ he said.