UCH @65: Why Over 600 Health Workers Resigned – CMD • Discloses Numbers Of Patients Registered Within One Year (PHOTOS)
The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo has identified the shortage of manpower at the hospital as a result of continuous resignation of personnel as a challenge for the health institution.
Professor Otegbayo noted that the persistent resignation of health workers at the hospital, especially clinical staff is not unconnected to the recent trend in Nigerians quest to get greener pasture abroad.
At a press conference held on Monday in Ibadan to commemorate the 65th Founder’s Day celebration of the premier tertiary health institution, UCH, Otegbayo made the call.
611 clinical staff members left the hospital between 2020 and 15 October 2022, according to Professor Otegbayo, who noted that bureaucratic delays had made it difficult to replace them.
According to Professor Otegbayo, “every week receive nothing less than fifteen resignation letters of 15 health workers at the institution who are mostly clinicians, that is, Nurses, Doctors, and Pharmacies among others”.
The CMD who also identified Infrastructural decay as another major challenge confronting the Hospital however said the federal government through the ministry of health has set up a committee to look at the retention of workers.
He explained that the committee set up to address workers deficit in the tertiary health sector has received memoranda from committee of chief Medical Directors of Teaching hospitals to make contributions
Otegbayo stated that UCH has been devoted to providing excellent healthcare in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region, and that it would continue to make gains as infrastructure and facilities, as well as human capital development, were being addressed.
He thanked the personnel of the institutions for their effort to improving the institution by providing the finest care possible and treating the patients with dignity.
In order to enhance clinical services, the CMD announced that the institution has purchased two sets of Auto Clave, 64-Slice CT machines as well as two mammography machines.
“Just as the physical infrastructure is being developed, so also is the administration bringing in state-of-the-art equipment to enhance service delivery.
“We have not rested on our oars as we keep acquiring new equipment. It is our style to keep on acquiring equipment that position the Hospital at the forefront of demands for best clinical practices.
Otegbayo stated the institution yearly attended to documented 14,000 out-patients and 10,000 in-patients and its committed to quality service delivery and leverage on technology.