FG Restates Commitment To Upgrading Health Facilities

Minister-of-Health-Professor-Isacc-Adewale-HealthcareThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to upgrading and revamping health facilities across Nigeria, for efficiency and better access.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who made the announcement said it is part of efforts to reverse and stop medical tourism in Nigeria.

To this end, Professor Adewole disclosed that the government has released the sum of 420 million Naira each to every state, to upgrade their primary healthcare facilities.

In the course of his two-day working visit to the University College Hospital, Ibadan in Oyo State, the Minister said that the hospital was one of the seven health facilities chosen for comprehensive upgrade.

He added that the 60-year-old institution must be assisted to continue to provide leadership in quality healthcare delivery.

Boost Healthcare Delivery At Grassroots

Professor Adewole directed that henceforth, critical care and emergencies must be attended to promptly, without any demand for money until the patients were out of danger in any federal hospital across Nigeria.

He also hinted that the model primary healthcare facility under the UCH would be replicated in over 112 primary healthcare centres adopted by the Ministry of Health, to boost healthcare delivery at the grassroot and decongest teaching hospitals.

The Minister said that intense deliberations were ongoing between the Federal Government and all stakeholders on ways of curbing industrial action in the health sector.

The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, in his remarks described the visit as a crucial one that would go a long way in assisting the hospital for better efficiency.

FG To Upgrade Health Facilities In A Bid To Reverse Medical Tourism

Isaac Adewole, Primary Healthcare, WHOThe Federal Government says it is committed to upgrading health facilities across the country for efficiency and better access, in a bid to reversing medical tourism in Nigeria.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole gave the assurance during his 2-day working visit to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

He disclosed that UCH is one of the 7 health facilities chosen across the country for comprehensive upgrade, adding that the 60-year old institution must be assisted to continue to provide leadership in quality health care delivery.

The Minister also ordered that henceforth, critical care and emergencies must be attended to promptly without any demand for money until the patients are out of danger in any federal hospital across the country.

Prof Adewole further disclosed that the model primary healthcare facility under UCH will be replicated in over 112 primary health care centres adopted by the Ministry of Health to boost health care delivery to the grassroots and de-congest teaching hospitals.

The Minister added that intense deliberations are ongoing between the federal government and all stakeholders on ways of curbing industrial action in the health sector.

The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, in his comments said the visit is a crucial one that will go a long way in assisting the hospital re-positioned for better efficiency.

Prof. Alonge said the visit is significant in many ways as it will give the minister ample chance for assessment of needy areas.

UCH Doctors Embark On Strike Over Attacks By Motorists

The Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday declared a three-day strike in protest against an attack on two of their members by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State.

Some doctors were among persons allegedly attacked by NURTW members while waiting to receive the body of their Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku, who was shot earlier in the week by unknown gunmen.

President of the Resident Doctors in UCH, Dr. Tunde Babasanya, during a media conference on Monday explained his members had resolved to embark on a three-day strike to express their anger at the treatment meted out to doctors at the hospital.

“It is sad and the situation is getting out of hand. Many of our members have been victimised and the undeserving treatment is fast becoming a norm” he said.

“Last year, a doctor was attacked with gun at the Accident and Emergency Unit. That same year, a female doctor was dragged on the floor, while another doctor was reportedly beaten up at the Children Emergency Unit.

“We agreed on a 72-hour strike, believing that the management would meet us midway before the expiration of the strike and we would review the situation. The action is directed at sending a message to the transport union members to stop harassing us.”

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, condemned the action of the association, saying “we came to work this morning only to meet an illegal strike action by the resident doctors.

“We managed an important personality who had a gunshot wound to his upper tummy. We removed the bullets in his abdominal cavity and he was responding well until we discovered that he had renal impairment. He had the first dialysis and while he was about to receive the second one, he had cardiac arrest and passed away.

“It was between the process of autopsy and the release of his remains for burial that a medical officer was assaulted. While we are not in support of this we are also not in support of the strike. Strike is not the solution. When there is dispute, the proper thing is to report to the authorities. But there was no formal report in this case.”