Nigeria: Filmmakers to Access UTH Ibadan hospital facilities as a location

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The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Ibadan has agreed to grant Nigerian filmmakers access to professional medical facilities and hospital scenarios that could be recorded in motion pictures.

In a statement by Dr. Tope Alonge, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, at the commissioning of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Ibadan Preview Centre, said that the issue of accessing information, the manpower and professional medical scenarios, which hitherto was strained, could now be addressed by the hospital.

"The health sector is a very delicate and touching issue. No patient will want his or her health information be made public and that is why it is often impossible for us to allow the public access to patients' information."

Addressing the film makers, Alonge however said, there was now a community liaison group in the hospital directly under his office. "Now, we can provide you the advice, the manpower and access to hospital scenarios. We can help you set up the scenes and also tell you whether they are realistic or not as opposed to having direct information of patients, which can never be divulged. You have every right, once you bring your letter, in areas where you need us to give you our expertise and professional advice, we will be more than willing, on my honour."

Speaking on the essence of films as a medium of sensitive information and the drift from the norm, he said, "the deviation from the old norm probably began when we excluded civics from our teaching in primary schools though civic education and culture are synonymous."

He suggested that, "if civic education can be revived, along with what we get from the Nigerian entertainment industry, it will really help in restoring our lost values. It is therefore film makers to address those issues in the concept of their films and movies."

Highlighting the importance of peaceful coexistence among the filmmakers in the Nigerian film industry, AbiolaLadoja, Commissioner of Arts and Culture, there was the need for the filmmakers to join hands with the Oyo State government to give the industry the needed boost. He urged them to produce films that would encourage peace and meaningful development, whilst also collaborating with the government in their fight against piracy.

Also speaking, BosunOladele, Commissioner for Information, said in his opinion that following the commissioning of the preview centre, the Oyo State government has found in NFVCB a willing ally and partner in progress. "The relationship was called for given the fact that both the Federal Government and the State Government were working towards sanitizing the Nigerian film industry for mutual benefits."