FOR 15 years, TOS Funerals Limited has kept its mission of caring for both the living and the dead.
To mark the annual occasion, it is celebrating 15years of caring for the living and the dead by giving back to the society in a big way.
In what has become its annual tradition, the company, run by family members, take time off to showcase the venture at a time which often coincides with the passing of their founding chairman, Abidemi Olalekan Ogunsola who transited to glory on April 10, 2003.
It was not until 2003, that for the first time, Nigerians began to experience the uniqueness of having remains of their loved ones preserved and cared for with utmost finesse.
The managing director, Mrs. Taiwo Ogunsola with the
support of her late husband, Olalekan, pooled resources and then approached former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to apply for a Public Private Partnership to build and operate some of the state owned mortuaries which were then poorly managed or ran down.
With the support of then Commissioner or Health, Dr. Leke Pitan, the parties signed the Build and Operate agreement.
Backed with her Mortuary Science qualification from Salisbury School of Mortuary Sciences, UK and expertise as a trained Nurse, Taiwo Ogunsola hired the best hands and together, they revolutionised mortuary skills in the state and indeed in Nigeria.
The TOS Funeral team gave a new perception to the care of the dead in the country and coined the theme: “We care for the Living and Dead”.
The pilot mortuary scheme was the General Hospital, Gbagada mortuary which was commissioned and operated for a while, then, the next revolution took place at the former, Ikeja General Hospital mortuary which was later upgraded to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
It was shortly before the LASUTH Mortuary and the Department of Pathology and Forensic Science (both which are donations by TOS) were commissioned, that the chairman, Olalekan Ogunsola passed away.
Since the demise of its founding chairman, TOS Funerals Limited has kept its unwavering vision to be committed not only to the care the dead, but to the living as well.
It has continued to give back to the society, however little.
Beneficiaries of their ‘care’ programs include the hospital paediatric wards, bereaved under privileged families among others.
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Late Chirman in 2013, the company commissioned its current head office located at 2 Teco Avenue, Nurudeen Olowopopo Way, CBD Ikeja. The facility and members of staff exude the company’s care culture and values.
Speaking to Healthstyleplus, Mrs. Ogunsola noted, “It was by divine calling that I ventured into caring for the dead and I believe, whosoever God calls to fulfil a mission, He equips and leads to an expected end. I have the conviction that God divinely favoured the mission to care for both the living and the dead.
“Anyone who loses a loved one by any circumstance, is often in pain and grief, and so at TOS we take over the care of the bereaved by ensuring a befitting care for the dignity the dead”, said Ogunsola.
To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the passage of the founding Chairman, Olalekan Ogunsola, the management pledged the donation of fifty units of Intensive Care Unit Beds in phases out of which 18 has already been deployed for use at the Surgical Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit of LASUTH. She promised that the rest would hopefully be delivered before the end of the year.
According to Mrs. Ogunsola, “We believe the beds will bring some physical relief and comfort to patients who found themselves in emergency situation and are on admission. The donation is one of the ways the company is showing its support to the government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode especially in the area of tertiary healthcare.
She however lamented that despite getting the beds “at very good discounted price from our partners in the US the tariff and duty paid at the ports was not friendly at all.
“These are not ordinary beds, these are special Intensive Care Unit beds for multi-purpose uses. It can be used in positioning a patient in different ways. It takes all weights, can wheeled into the theatre and can even be used in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the patient would be very comfortable, said Ogunsola.
“But the exchange rates are high, the customs tariffs are bad it’s only because we are determined to do this, we kept at it”, added Ogunsola.
The TOS boss appealed to Lagos State to intervene in getting concession and relief duty to import the remaining beds.
Receiving the donations on behalf of the hospital, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris and Chief Medical Director, Professor Wale Oke commended the good gesture of TOS Funerals and called on other Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of supporting government and giving to the needy especially for the comfort of the sick in the hospitals.