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Dr. Tunji Alausa
Hon. Minister of State, 
Health and Social Welfare

"Government will not rest on its oars in mobilizing more funding to strengthen and address the issues affecting the hospital and the health sector." Tunji Alausa.

Following the dearth of health workers across various health sectors and institutions of the country, the Federal Goverment has set up a committee that would look into the issue of accumulated waiver in a bid to improve on the healthcare delivery system of the country.

Making this known is the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa when he paid a familiarization visit to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State as part of his ongoing over-sight function/visits to assess Federal Government owned health institutions in the country. 

Alausa informed that with the challenge of shortage of human resource for health, faced in the country, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR in his magnanimity saw the need for the process of waivers to recruit healthcare workers to be more streamlined and simplified and that was why the approval of the issuance of waivers request for hospitals is now domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Health. 

“This is due to some bottle necks faced by our Chief Medical and Medical Directors, in the process of getting waiver approvals. We reached out to the Head of Service of the Federation, (HOSF) Dr. Yemi Esan, who has been on top, working judiciously to get these approvals, but we just all decided that it will be easier if the waiver process starts from the Ministry. So going forward from January, we are setting up a waiver committee at the Ministry that will promptly review and address all waiver request from all our hospitals.” He said.

Alausa, who assured of accountability and transparency in the process, said each hospital would generate a request for the number of staff needed to the Ministry, which will then go to the HOSF for some checks and balances under the establishment law, to see what’s budgeted for the year. Once the Ministry confirms that everything is verified, approval for the waiver will be sent to the Budget office were the funds will be made available, there won’t be delays anymore, the Minister stated.  

The Honourable Minister of State, while speaking further, commended the UCH for the various feat achieved in healthcare delivery, especially in the area of training, but said there is need to train more to meet our future needs. 

“Today, our lifestyles are changed, the kind of diseases we didn’t have fifty years ago we have them now, with different kinds of cardiovascular diseases. We need cardiac strengthening and other forms of cardiac interventions. There is need to start training more specialists in the area of interventional cardiologist, electro physiologist, surgical oncologist and interventional radiologist to meet the needs of the present day health sector.”

Alausa promised to look into challenges highlighted by the college, especially in the area of power, advising the hospital to look into other alternative power supply sources like solar, while stressing that government will not rest on its oars in mobilizing more funding to strengthen and address the issues affecting the hospital and the health sector. 

Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, Chief Medical Director of UCH, highlighted some of the challenges faced as well as achievements, which includes; specialized surgical procedures in partnership with some UK based charities and other organizations as well as donations of equipment’s and infrastructures by well-meaning Nigerians. 

He said one of the ambitions of the UCH is to move to quaternary level of care like some hospitals in the developed world. UCH, Ibadan at inception in 1948 prior to the Act of British Parliament had two Clinical Departments (Medical and Surgery) but now has 85 Department, 6 Units and 2 Divisions.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by Patricia Deworitshe, Director Information, Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

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