Celebrating 55 years of Guinness Eye Hospitals in Nigeria
Nearly three hundred years after Arthur Guinness signed a lease for the St. James’s Gate Brewery, his philanthropic legacy lives on through the Guinness Eye Hospitals in Africa
Feature 30 OCT 2018
The first Guinness Eye Hospital was built and commissioned in Kaduna in 1963, coinciding with the official opening of the company’s first brewery in Ikeja, Lagos. Following on from its success, and to ensure that more Nigerians benefit from easy access to quality eye care, similar eye hospitals were then established in Onitsha in 1984 and Lagos in 1992.
The Guinness Eye Hospitals provide ophthalmic services to people from all parts of Nigeria and beyond and train medical students, resident doctors, nurses and community health officers.
The Guinness Eye Centre Lagos, is located within the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and the Guinness Eye Centre, Onitsha operates under the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital - both have been accredited by the West African College of surgeons for postgraduate training in Ophthalmology and the national post graduate medical college of Nigeria.
To date the Guinness Eye Hospitals in Nigeria have:
- Treated over 150,000 people annually
- Visually screened over 20,000 school children
- Trained over 300 medical students and community health workers annually
“At Guinness Nigeria, our vision has always been to make a positive difference in society. We believe passionately that by investing in the Guinness Eye Hospitals, we not only deliver quality eye care, we also contribute to the socio-economic development of the Nigeria. This is possible because by helping our people to preserve their sights, we play a strong role in enhancing their ability to learn, earn and get the best out of life.”Baker Magunda
Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria
“The Guinness Eye Hospital is one of three centres in the whole country and has enabled us to give hope to the masses, who seem to be hopeless when they consult us. Preventable eye conditions form about 75-80% of all eye conditions in Nigeria and those that are not treatable at least we can prevent blindness for them.”Professor Folasade Akinsola, Former Head of Department, Guinness Eye Centre
Former Head of Department, Guinness Eye Centre