Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions have commended the management and staff and unions of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba for their cooperation in the day-to-day activities.
The committee led by Dr Pascal Chidozie Obi made this known when they inspected completed and ongoing capital projects in the hospital.
According to Dr Obi, the unions should continue to corperate with the management because without their corperation, this place would not be the way it is now.
He recalled that the committee visited the hospital last year but with what they have seen today, they are better than last year.
” The development witnessed today especially projects sponsored by corporate organisations and individuals, if you weigh them in a balance, they may be greater than what the Federal Government has done. It takes one ingenuity to think outside the box to achieve this much because there are some Chief Medical Directors of government hospitals, who may not have achieved 10% of what LUTH’s CMD has achieved.
” I enjoin other CMDs to borrow leaf from LUTH because government cannot do everything alone because the government has a lot of responsibilities that are quite enormous.
” When you look at what we have in LUTH and other institutions being funded by the government, you would know that there is need for people/organisations to come in and contribute their quota.
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of these organisations operating in the country must be looked into because if they are doing 50% of these things in similar hospitals in the country, then the health sector would have been at a higher level than it is now.” He said.
Prof Christopher Bode, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), LUTH told the committee that his administration has collaborated with Lagos State Government, corporate organisations and individuals to rehabilitate structures.
The CMD said strike actions have caused instability in the system because it disrupts services, projections, training and research.
” A lot of confidence that has been developed in LUTH within the last two years have been lost because even where we are working, some patients believe the hospital is not working and they don’t come.
Also, emigration of medical staff has eroded our staff strength in professional cadre because some of them have resigned and left for greener pastures.
” With expansion of our services and infrastructure, by the government, who would operate these equipments? That is why we need to be given the mandate to get more staff to be able to render greater services”.