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Ehanire Reiterates FG’s Readiness To Address Health Threats In Nigeria

Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire
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January 20, (THEWILL) – Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, has reiterated the Federal Government’s Readiness to strengthen capacity and respond promptly to health threats in Nigeria.

The Minister made the promise at the commissioning of projects at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, (UUTH), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Friday.

The projects commissioned by the Minister include a molecular laboratory complex, new Oxygen Plant, patients’ clinic complex and a medical outpatients clinic.

Others were surgical outpatients clinic, Orthopaedic outpatients clinic, genealogy, pharmacy/ Laboratory unit, Radiology complex, and renovated and re-equipped intensive care complex – all funded by the Federal Government Covid-19 funds.

The Minister, who expressed satisfaction with the management of the hospital, compared the trajectory of development in the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital to that of one of the frontline hospitals in India.

According to him, the many projects commissioned were a reflection of the Federal Government’s commitment to providing modernly equipped healthcare centres to citizens in fulfilment of its mandate to Nigeria.

“Your projects here were carried out during Covid-19, and the infrastructure that you have invited us to commission today are commendable and I praise the CMD, Chairman of the Board and the entire team for their leadership, their foresight and dedication.

“All these projects have the Federal Government’s backing and were meant to improve lives and address public health threats, which Nigerians face constantly, as well as assist in preventing infectious diseases.

“These commissioned projects have the capacity to respond to all health threats. We are informed of ongoing projects and we believe that all these have the potential to improve the quality of diagnostic and therapeutic services offered by the UUTH,” he said.

On the issue of brain drain in the nation’s health sector, the Minister assured that the Federal Ministry of Health has introduced a one-to-one policy that would allow a Chief Medical Director to make an immediate replacement for a doctor or nurse, who is permanently out of service.

“This policy is to enable the Federal Government to address the manpower gap in the health sector in the Federal Civil Service. CMDs should be careful not to abuse this policy as this has thwarted the process when newly introduced where one doctor leaves and the management brought in a dozen unrelated persons, which overcrowded the hospitals,” he said

Earlier in his speech, the Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Prof Ememabasi Bassey, said the infrastructural renaissance in the Teaching Hospital came through his initial assessment on assumption of office four years ago, which revealed that the hospital had not kept pace with expected transition in the tertiary healthcare sector.

In his words: “When we took over, we undertook the first line of assessment of the hospital to identify all the challenges and proffer solutions and then set up a new mission and vision for the hospital.

“Hon Minister Sir, today you will be commissioning a number of projects in the hospital, which include the molecular laboratory complex, one is for the HIV programme and the other was funded by the Federal Government as part of the Covid -19 intervention funds.

“New Oxygen Plant, which was donated by the Federal Ministry of Health; patients clinic complex, this complex holds all outpatients clinic which contains; the general outpatient clinic, the medical outpatients’ clinic, surgical outpatients clinic, Orthopaedic outpatients clinic, genealogy, pharmacy/ Laboratory unit – all in this complex – Radiology complex, renovated and re-equipped intensive care complex, this was also funded by the Federal Government under Covid-19 funds

“Others are two new Ambulances, which is our demonstration of readiness to support National emergency medical ambulance scheme; Hospital Gatehouse /security post, which a few years ago, was not a good reflection of a teaching hospital; internal roads, which are funded by the hospital management in partnership with FEMA; expansion of water complex capacity to over two hundred thousand litters. We are grateful to the Federal Government

“As a matter of policy, This administration did not embark on new projects until we complete or take to an advanced stage, all abandoned projects on ground.

“Today, you will also inspect other new projects, which include the laboratory complex, which is almost completely constructed; the stroke centre, donated by a foundation in collaboration with the hospital; the infection isolation and treatment centre built by the NCDC; and the newly constructed antenatal building extension.” the CMD explained.