Nigeria’s foremost Nephrologist, Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe has hung his stethoscope amidst pomp and party.
The hanging of stethoscope, which signaled his retirement from medical practice, was the first in the history of Medicine in Nigeria, having worked as a medical doctor for sixty years in his eighty five years of existence on the planet earth.
Performing the hanging of stethoscope ritual, Emeritus Professor Akinkugbe dressed in clinical robe, handed his stethoscope to the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who then passed it to the provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and thereafter to the Chief Medical Director, UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge for archives.
Giving reasons for the decision to hang his stethoscope, Emeritus Professor, Akinkugbe called on medical practitioners to scale up quality of healthcare in the country.
Speakers at the occasion extolled the leadership qualities of the celebrant and his land mark achievements in kidney care.
The event had in attendance representatives of Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Adesimbo Kiladejo, former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, first emeritus professor of Medicine in West Africa, Theophilus Ogunlesi among others.