Health Minister Commissions Projects In UUTH, Announces Readiness To Address Threats

Hon Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire has pledged preparedness of the Federal Government to strengthen capacity and re­spond to health threats in Ni­geria.

The Minister made the com­mendation at the commission­ing of projects at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, on Frida

The projects commissioned by the Minister include molec­ular laboratory complex, new Oxygen Plant, patients’ clinic complex and medical out pa­tients’ clinic.
Others were: surgical out patients clinic, Orthopaedic out patients clinic, genealogy, pharmacy/ Laboratory unit, Radiology complex, renovated and re – equipped intensive care complex- all funded by the fed­eral government under Covid -19 funds .

The Minister who ex­pressed satisfaction with 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.

He said the many projects commissioned was a reflection of the federal government’s commitment to providing modern equipped healthcare centers 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 backing and were meant to improve lives and address public health threats which Nigerians faced 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 proj­ect 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 concerns about brain drain in the nation’s health sector, the Minister assured that the Federal Ministry of Health has now introduced a one-to-one policy that would now allow a Chief Medical Director to make an immedi­ate replacement of a doctor or nurse who is permanently out of service.

“This policy is to enable the federal government ad­dress gap in manpower in 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 over crowded the hos­pitals”. He said

Speaking earlier, 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 throw up indications that the hos­pital had not kept pace with expected transition in the tertiary healthcare sector.

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