By Chioma Obinna
Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Oshotimehin has urged public health institutions across the nation to adopt private sector models in their operations as part of efforts to bring back integrity in the nationâ€™s healthcare delivery services.
Oshotimeihm who made the call at the commissioning/ hand over of the Accident & Emergency Spill – Over ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) donated by Skye Bank Plc weekend in Lagos, stressed the need for operators of the public health institutions to capitalise on time like their counterparts in the private sector.
Also, stressing the need for Public Private Partnership (PPP), the minister affirmed that effective use of time is one of the major factors in successful healthcare delivery.
His words: â€œBeyond collaboration with Private sectors, look at systems used by private health institutions. How to shorten time spent by patients, how can we ensure that when they are in the ward they are enjoying the services, how to reduce time of visits how to give better services to bring back confidence to our patients.â€
Further handing down the charges, the minister charged public healthcare institutions for accountability to patients.
Also speaking, Chief Medical Director, LUTH. Prof. Akin Osibogun who recalled that the project began 18 months ago said the ultra- modern building provides space for additional 36 Accident and Emergency beds, laboratory, pharmaceuticals, shops for personal items and four call -duty rooms and 15 private suites. Osibogun who described Skye Bank as a rare gem said the bank was adding value to society.
Commending Skye Bank for the gesture, he said, â€œOn behalf of the thousands of students who will pass through the portals of this great teaching citadel and the millions of patients who will get socour therefrom, I say a Big thank you to Skye Bank and its leadership.â€
He disclosed that the hospital has benefitted in the past 24 months from a Federal Government refurbishing project which has seen to the acquisition of top range equipment and facilities including the linear accelerator for cancer management, the mammography for cancer detection, CT scanners amongst others.
Group Managing Director, Skye Bank Plc, Dr. Akinsola Akinfemiwa regretted that at 47 years, LUTHâ€™s accident and emergency ward has only a 26- bed facility that was grossly inadequate to cater for the needs of patients in a densely populated environment such as Lagos.