Federal Government has set up a committee to look into the issue of accumulated
waiver request for employment of health workers in the various hospitals across
the country to improve healthcare delivery.
of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa made this known when he paid a
familiarization visit to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo
State as part of his ongoing oversight function visits to assess Federal Government
owned health institutions in the country.
Alausa, informed that with the challenge of shortage of human resource for health, faced in the country, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR in his magnanimity saw the need for the process of waivers to recruit healthcare workers to be more streamlined and simplified and that was why the approval of the issuance of waivers request for hospitals is now domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Health. “This is due to some bottle necks faced by our Chief Medical and Medical Directors, in the process of getting waiver approvals. We reached out to the Head of Service of the Federation, (HOSCF) Dr. Yemi Esan, who has been on top, is working judiciously to get these approvals, but we all just decided that it will be easier if the waiver process starts from the Ministry. So going forward from January, we are setting up a waiver committee at the Ministry that will promptly review and address all waiver request from all our hospitals.”
(MSH&SW) Dr. Tunji Alausa during a tour of the hospital
Alausa, who assured of accountability and transparency in the process, said each hospital would generate a request for the number of staff needed to the Ministry, which will then go to the HOSCF for some checks and balances under the establishment law, to see what’s budgeted for the year. Once the Ministry confirms that everything is verified, approval for the waiver will be sent to the Budget office where the funds will be made available, there won’t be delays anymore, the Minister stated.
(MSH&SW) Dr. Tunji Alausa inspecting the mammogram machine at UCH.
Speaking further, the Minister commended UCH for the various feat achieved in healthcare delivery, especially in the area of training, but said there is need to train more to meet our future needs. “Today our lifestyles is changed, the kind of diseases we didn’t have fifty years ago we have them now, with different kinds of cardiovascular diseases, we need cardiac strengthening and other forms of cardiac interventions. There is need to start training more specialist in the area of interventional cardiologist, electro physiologist, surgical oncologist and interventional radiologist to meet the needs of the present-day health sector.”
Dr. Alausa, promised to look into challenges highlighted by the college, especially in the area of power, he advised the hospital to look into other alternative power supply sources like solar while government will not rest on its oars in mobilizing more funding to strengthen and address the issues affecting the hospital and the health sector.
Jesse Otegbayo, Chief Medical Director of UCH, highlighted some of the challenges
faced as well as achievements, which includes; specialized surgical procedures
in partnership with some UK based charities and other organizations as well as
donations of equipment’s and infrastructures by well-meaning Nigerians. He said
one of the ambitions of UCH is to move to quaternary level of care like
some hospitals in the developed world. UCH, Ibadan at inception in 1948 prior
to the Act of British Parliament had two Clinical Departments (Medical and
Surgery) but now has 85 Department, 6 Units and 2 Divisions.