Oyo Catholic Diocese opens new hospital in Igbeti

The new hospital
Oyo Catholic Diocese opens new hospital in Igbeti
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Bishop Emmanuel Badejo
Bishop Emmanuel Badejo addressing people at the opening occasion
As part of efforts at ensuring that he People of God live in good health to serve God, the Catholic Diocese of Oyo has recently opened a new hospital at Igbeti in Oyo State.
The new health facility, St Francis Catholic Hospital, Igbeti is the fifth hospital that the diocese has.
Addressing dignataries and members of the diocese at the official opening occasion of the hospital, Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Oyo Diocese in his address entitled:  “St. Francis Catholic Hospital, Igbeti: A Jewel Of Charity,” called on all institutions, groups and persons who have means, skills and capacity to reach out and help the hospital and its patients in any way they can.
The Church leader averred that the Catholic Church is committed to the social wellbeing of all the people of God and that the Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world.
The bishop said Catholic institutions are available to all without regard for race, tribe religion or affiliation adding that they render quality service to the underprivileged, often on charity basis.
Here is the full text of address of Bishop Badejo:
“The Catholic Church is committed to the social well being of all the people of God just as much as she cares for the spiritual development of her members. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ which she follows and is the same principle set out by the second Vatican Council. “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ”. (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, 1965, no 1)
The new hospital
The new hospital
“No one will deny that inadequate healthcare is one of the anxieties of multitudes in today’s world. According to uncontested statistics on the internet, the Roman Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. It has around 18,000 clinics, 16,000 homes for the elderly and those with special needs, and 5,500 hospitals, with 65 percent of them located in developing countries. These statistics are well-accepted even by the United Nations.
“These institutions of the Church are available to all without regard for race, tribe religion or affiliation. They render quality service to the underprivileged, often on charity basis.  This is a good testimony of concern for humanity, for interreligious relations and a model for the common good. All of you gathered or represented here today deserve to be grateful to God and to be proud of this legacy of the Catholic Church which you are now part of.
“The Yorubas rightly say: “Ilera l’oro”, meaning that health is wealth, and a sound mind can only be found in a sound body. Today, St. Francis Catholic Hospital, midwifed and supervised by our lucky and resourceful parish priest, Fr. Patrick Eyitayo Adewuyi becomes the newest among five health institutions through which the Catholic Diocese of Oyo serves God’s people. It is the product of the generosity of some good people who have seen the need of the underserved and made a lot of sacrifice to fund this hospital. In the name of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo and the entire Church I thank them and pray that God bless and reward them richly.
“I wish to thank all the experts who collaborate with the Church to achieve the kind of feat we celebrate here today. Without such benefactors, sponsors, doctors, nurses, medical experts, builders and workers who support the Church, little would be possible for the Church to do. The hospital will be run through the help of all people of goodwill who desire to see a better healthier community in Igbeti and environs. I assure all such people that their effort is part of the Church’s work of mercy. They themselves shall receive mercy from God.  I hereby call on all institutions, groups and persons who have means, skills and capacity to reach out and help our people in any way they can. God will surely not fail to bless and reward them.
The new hospital
The new hospital
“Finally, I congratulate Igbeti parish and its parish priest for this milestone. With you am inclined to say: “The Lord has done great things for us, holy is his name”. Through this facility I pray that many of our people here will enjoy good health of mind and body and may they be drawn close to God in their life and in their own work of charity. Amen.  In welcoming you all here today, I pray that St. Francis of Assisi, one of the greatest saints of love and charity in the Church inspire and pray for you all. Amen. Thank you.”

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