Senate Committee Inspects Health Institutions In Lagos

Senate, Health, LagosMembers of the Senate Committee on Health have inspected some health agencies in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

The lawmakers say they are on tour of the health institutions to identify their challenges, strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2017 budget.

The centres visited by the committee include the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research among others.

Heads of the agencies visited reeled out their challenges, stressing that the major setback was inadequate funding.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Olanrewaju Tejuoso, promised that the committee would do all within its powers to ensure appropriate funding of each Federal Government health institution.

He also stressed the need for the teaching hospitals to get back to their effective running capacity in order to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria.

“The likes of LUTH (and) UCH in the past were equivalent to US (and) UK hospitals that people were running to before and we want that to come back.

“We want to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria and we need our Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) all over the country to give us good guidance as to appropriating positively for them because last year, the budget proposal given to the Ministry of Health from every health institution was not what we finally appropriated, which I think is not helping the country.

“We need the teaching hospitals (as well as) the heads of the hospitals to be fearless and give us the true picture of what they need so that when we are appropriating, we will be properly guided and it won’t be the ministry that will just give everybody the same proposal,” the senator┬ásaid.

Health Professionals Demand Removal of Minister

The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has called for the immediate removal of the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu as well as a through probation into the management of teaching hospitals and allied institutions across the country.

These demands were made at the recently concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which held at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The health workers called for the removal of the minister over alleged discrimination and non-implementation of the presidential committee report in the health sector.

Speaking with journalists after its National Executive Council meeting, the (NUAHP) National President, Comrade Felix Faniran, expressed worry over increasing rate of sharp practices and financial impropriety in the administration of public teaching hospitals.

In a communique issued after the four day meeting, NUAHP called for an end to the appointment of Chief Medical Directors of tertiary health institutions without recourse to other medically qualified healthcare professionals.

The union however urged the Federal Government, National Assembly and Head of Service of the Federation to re organise, restructure and reposition the Federal Ministry of Health to accommodate other qualified healthcare professionals at the directorate levels without delay to promote industrial harmony in the sector.