By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has constituted nine-man panel of enquiry to look at the remote and immediate causes of the current challenges confronting Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Kunle Somorin and made available to newsmen, the 9-man committee is chaired by Dr Yemi Onabowale, Chief Medical Director of Reddington Hospital. Other members of the committee are Dr Folabi Ogunlesi, Dr Mrs Dupe Oludipe, Dr Kehinde Ololade, Alhaji Wasiu Lawal, Mr Olumide Obube, Mr Akinola Adekunle and Femi Akinwunmi while deputy director of Hospital services, Dr Shokunbi Solomon would serve as the secretary of the committee.
The committee is expected to assess the operational modalities of the hospital and ascertain its compliance with acceptable standard for medical training, research and tertiary health care services.
The committee’s specific terms of reference included assessing the current operations of the hospital in line with expectations as a teaching/tertiary institution, determine the state of facilities of the various units and departments and make recommendations to the state on the steps necessary to ensure sustainable operations in the institution.
Others are to determine quick wins and palliative actions to stem further degeneration of the institution and facilities, rview all third party arrangements in the institution, including the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) among others
While speaking at the 43rd Annual General Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians(WACP) with the theme, “ HEALTHCARE GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA” held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta,
Meanwhile, Gov Abiodun has restated his commitment to look after the welfare of the people of the state adding that his government was also committed to restructuring the Health Insurance Scheme by addressing the identified lapses to make it more efficient and affordable.
Speaking at the Annual General Scientific meeting of West African College of Physicians (WACP) held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Liby, OOPL, Abeokuta, the governor disclosed that his administration was committed towards ensuring that a hospital was designated in the three senatorial district as a specialized hospital of excellence that would treat a particular ailment.
He reiterated that the state was deeply committed to rehabilitating, equipping and staffing of general hospitals across the state.