By Oluwatope Akinjide, Ondo.
The Ondo State Government has reiterated its commitment to continually upgrade facilities at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH), Ondo State as to ensuring qualitative healthcare service delivery.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Prof. Dayo Faduyile made the assertion while addressing the management and general staff of the Akure complex of UNIMEDTH during his assessment tour of existing facilities and ongoing developmental projects at the tertiary health institution.
The facilities the Special Adviser assessed include the Accident and Emergency Unit, the Dialysis Centre, Main Operating Theatre, X-Ray Machine, Children Emergency Room and Children Out-Patient Department.
Others are the Main Surgical Ward, the Isolation Centre, General and Surgical Out-Patient Department, Histopathology Laboratory, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Male Medical Ward and the Pathology Department.
Faduyile commended the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for the state-of-the-art facilities and ongoing developmental projects in the hospital. He reaffirmed the state government’s resolve to ensuring that the people of the state are healthy and productive.
According to him, he said as a newly appointed officer to assess how well the tertiary health institution is and I am really amazed by the quantum of work that has been done here and the equipment that are therein. “On the spot assessment, I can say we have a governor who has done great things for Ondo State.
Faduyile observed that, what he saw so far on ground is beyond his imagination, when he went round. According to him, “we have seen a lot of infrastructural developments in place and a lot of other developmental projects that were still ongoing and I could say that the State government has shown a lot of interest in the health sector.
The Special Adviser who noted that the people of Ondo State are waiting for the teaching hospital complex in Akure to come fully on board in its operations added that they would be fully surprised when they come in to see what have been put in place in the hospital. He averred that the world-class facilities at the hospital will translate to improving the general welfare and well-being of the people of the state.
On the issue of exodus of medical personnel, Faduyile who noted that the issue is a nation-wide issue said government has mapped out strategies to ensure that it retains those in its service and re-jig the state’s health system in a way that the existing health workers are properly placed to support the system.
He charged workers in the hospital to properly and optimally utilize the various facilities in the hospital towards ensuring better service delivery. While observing that the arrangement of the Children’s Out-Patient Department is not children friendly, the Special Adviser charged the Management of the hospital to improve on the arrangement.
He equally implored the general staff of the hospital to always interact with their Management staff and improve on the areas identified as below best practices in their operations.
The CMD of UNIMEDTH, Dr. Oluwole Ige appreciated the Special Adviser for the visit which he expressed optimism would translate to more positive developments in the tertiary health institution.
Ige assured that the management and general staff of the hospital would continue to strive for productivity and better health care service delivery.
Oluwatope Akinjide is Head, Media and Communication, UNIMED Teaching Hospital