FEDERAL government and governments at the State and local council levels as well as public and private institutions have been enjoined to continue to accord the highest priority in the distribution of national resources to the health sector in view of its importance to national development.
Elder Daniel Akanji, who was Guest of Honour at the 2009 Joint Graduation Ceremony of Schools and Training programmes at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi- Araba, Lagos, who made the call last week, observed that healthcare is still poorly funded at all levels of government in the country.
Commending the LUTH management for its impressive exploits in the healthcare delivery sector , Akanji said it was regrettable that many hospitals across the nation lack adequate equipment and manpower required for effective health care delivery. â€œExcept for a few teaching hospitals with modern equipment which are not even adequate compared with the population they are to serve, things could be better.â€
He called on the National Assembly to speed up action on passage of the National Health Bills so that attention could be paid to health care industry.
Presenting 317 graduands, who successfully completed academic programmes in the Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Health Information Management and Psychiatry/Medical Social Work. Others are Community Health Officers Training Programmes and School of Post Basic Nursing Studies Management Chairman Medical Advisory Committe (CMAC), the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Akin Oshibogun urged them to make use of their training to attain the highest goal wherever they found themselves.
Speaking on the new face of LUTH, the CMD said there had been continuous expansion in services of the institution to provide increased opprtunity for training and learning.
Still on the new face of LUTH, Oshibogun noted that hospital has continued to expand and improve the quality of its services which has provided an increased opportunity for training and learning.
He disclosed that additional block has been added to the paediatric block inodr4e to separate the wards from Oncology and Paediatric Endocrinology.
His words, â€œThe 36 bedded Accident and Emergency Spill over has become very functional having been highly equipped with oxygen concentrators, low circuit monitoring, multi parameter monitors amongst others. Management is also planning to renovate the main Accident and Emergency to make it more patientsâ€™ friendly.â€
He further hinted that the dialysis centre at the hospital is wearing a new look with an additional three Braun Dialysis Machines, three therapy dialysis chairs, one 60KVA generator, one borehole and one reverse osmosis water treatment machine.